Restoration Update: If you’ve visited Clinton Cove lately, you have likely noticed the absence of this iconic Park landmark. Malcolm Cochran’s Private Passage is headed to Virginia for conservation. We expect this beloved piece of public art to return to its home in Hudson River Park in the spring.
Created by artist Malcolm Cochran, Private Passage (2005), found in Hudson River Park’s Clinton Cove, is a distinctive sculpture consisting of a 30’ x 8’6” wine bottle resting on its side, within which is a representation of an interior stateroom from the ocean liner, Queen Mary.
The bottle is fabricated of steel and finished to resemble bronze with a traditional green patina. The interior of the bottle is fashioned from sheet metal and other materials in a monochromatic scheme evoking the look of a platinum print from a black and white film, similar to an image one might view in a magazine ad of the 1930s.
Visitors are able to view the interior through a number of portholes along the sides of the bottle. Larger circular windows in the mouth and bottom permit views down the length of the interior. A row of portholes along the top functions as skylights during the day. At night, and in overcast weather, the interior is illuminated by electric lights that are part of the cabin’s furnishings.