World Trade Center tower features large-scale, bold and colorful artworks in lobbies

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The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 104-story tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural.

The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among 13 public artworks by five artists selected or commissioned for the historic skyscraper.

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Asher Edelman's New York gallery curated the works. The only criteria he says was that they be abstract, thought-provoking and exciting enough to get people "to look up from their hand-held devices."

"ONE: Union of the Senses" by Jose Parla is the largest of the works. The Miami-born, Cuban-American artist created it as a symbol for diversity and unity. Brooklyn's Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music also have murals by Parla.

There is one sculpture among the works; the rest are paintings.