The site of the sculpture, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, a cosmopolitan center for business, was in front of a skyscraper. The subject of a tie seemed to fit, for its vertical ends could flow upward, counter to gravity, in soft mimicry of the rigid giant behind it. At the same time, we could assert a nonconformist attitude by having the sculpture appear to be sliding off its pedestal into the street. Moreover, as a traditional part of office attire, its loosening could signify the relief felt by employees at the end of the workday.
The model of the Inverted Collar and Tie was created in our New York studio, which has a vista of the Woolworth Building, once the tallest skyscraper in the world. The green "lining" of the tie, triangular in form, was inspired by the distinctive green pyramidal roof of the Woolworth. In its way, the sculpture is an homage to the skyscraper, exported to a rival metropolis.