Since graduating with a degree in philosophy, installation artist/photographer Gregg LeFevre has created over 120 site specific public art works in cast metal that provide insight about the nature and character of particular places. He often uses cast relief images and text to illustrate the traits that contribute to the unique personality of a place. His works can be found underfoot in all types of pedestrian spaces, from plazas, parks, bike paths and trails, to lobbies and arcades. He also often works in series, creating a walkway of related pieces. Here in New York he has over a dozen such projects. His best known work is Library Walk: 100 bronze reliefs set in the sidewalks of 41st Street, each referencing a different aspect of world literature. They are oriented in a way that leads the viewer toward the front door of the 41st Street Library on Fifth Avenue.
Mr. LeFevre has had his works commissioned by New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, and many other American cities. He has exhibited widely in the United States. A resident of New York City, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Browne Fund, and in collaboration with the Grand Central Partnership, an award for excellence in design from the Arts Commission of the City of New York.
Having worked “in the streets” as a sculptor and installation artist, it was a natural step in the early 90’s for LeFevre to begin a parallel career as a street photographer. His most important series of photographs deals with the role of figurative advertising in the urban landscape. He is especially drawn to documenting the dialogue between advertisers and those who choose to alter these idealized images; from fine artists and political artists, to ad installers, contractors and street workers.
Mr. LeFevre’s art can be found in the collections of Boston University, Hamilton College, NASA, Price Waterhouse, Josh Lucas, Gene Shallot, Meryl Streep, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian, the Everson Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Freies Museum (Berlin), the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. His installations and exhibitions have been widely reviewed in a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, American Craft Magazine, Sculpture Magazine and Landscape Architecture Magazine.