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July 6th, 2004

Donna Karan’s gift to New York, “The Apple”

by SoHo Journal Staff

Sculpture by the late Stephan Weiss

Donna Karan, in cooperation with the Hudson River Park Trust, unveiled the “The Apple” at a ceremony in June at the foot of Charles Street in Greenwich Village. The sculpture, by Karan’s late husband Stephan Weiss, was conceived by him to honor New York City-the “Big Apple.”

Donna Karan spoke of the support that Stephan Weiss had given her in starting her business, her longstanding love for him and his talent as an artist: “In so many ways, Stephan was larger than life-with his love for his family, with his support for me and with his creative vision for our company. He was a risk taker, a man who always saw the bigger picture, whatever the challenge. Nowhere was this more true than with his art work, to?Ǭ which he was passionately committed. Fittingly, his last series of bronze sculpture was called Larger Than Life. This apple was a cornerstone of that. He saw it as a celebration of the city, its life and its spirit.

Stephan’s son Corey completed the apple after Stephan’s death and now, by installing it in the Hudson River Park, just a block away from Stephan’s studio, our family is able to realize his larger than life dream for The Apple. The Apple was a part of Stephan and now is a part of the city. It’s a remarkable honor and deeply, deeply touching, for me to see his Apple sculpture where he wanted it to be.”

The sculpture is a temporary exhibit that was approved by Community Board #2 and is on view for all to enjoy in Greenwich Village in the Hudson River Park.

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