Confirmation is the name of this Melvin Edwards piece sitting in front of the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, home to a Social Security service center. According to a nearby plaque, "the arch, the circle and the triangle are combined to express the positive social relations affirmed in ideas and structures created in life between birth and death."
The NY Times, in its review of the building's artwork, said that the "large stainless steel circle, arch and triangle . . . play off the architecture around them and create a sense of continuing entry and movement."
My opinion: "Oh, big metal shapes. That's pretty cool."