The man who gave his life to create the world’s most iconic concrete sculpture was an immigrant from Pakistan
A sculpture by Italian sculptor Stefano Tommaso was unveiled on Tuesday in New York City as part of the Rockefeller Center’s “Year of Bridges” celebrations.
The sculpture, named “The Last Call”, is a replica of the famous “last call” from the film “Bridge of Spies” and is a tribute to the memory of Italian-American actor and activist Leonard Maltin.
Maltin, who played a Russian spy in the film, died on September 30, 1974.
Tomma was born in Rome in 1942 and was deported to the US in 1949, where he was interned in a federal prison.
His sculptures were used as part in the Manhattan Museum’s Art in the City project, which aims to celebrate the art of New York, and was installed at Rockefeller Center in 2012.
His works have been on display in the US, Spain and Germany.
Tompa said in a statement that he was inspired to create Maltin’s sculpture when he visited New York for the first time in 1974.
He told The Times that the artist’s work was “totally symbolic” of the work of art he loved.
“I was amazed by the quality of the sculpture, and the way it captured my imagination,” he said.
“It was a feeling I will never forget.”
The sculpture was designed by Carlo Guglielmo, who had previously worked on the American artist’s previous works including the “Roma” and “Valse del Mar”.
It is one of three “Bridges of Spades” sculptures by Tommassos to be unveiled in the capital.