Art: Orpheus and Apollo

In bygone eras, sweeping stairways, ornate moldings and sparkling chandeliers graced the main lobbies of great concert halls, but such fusty amenities would never do for the austere lobby of Architect Max Abramovitz' new Philharmonic Hall in Manhattan's Lincoln Center. The three outside walls are simple glass arcades; on the inner wall run three balconies that make the space, which is 190 ft. by 25 ft., seem even longer than it is. Abramovitz from the beginning sensed the need for a sculpture that would "float in space and relate in a contemporary manner to the interior of the foyer, just as...

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