“Mermaidsmischief,” done in 2009, won’t go down as one of John Chamberlain’s best sculptures, but it, along with other pieces on the Park Avenue plaza of the Seagram Building, are worth a visit. The artist twisted pieces of aluminum foil and these were blown up to a grand scale. The sculptures, up to 15 feet tall, are best viewed from a distance. Up close, the urge to touch the familiar-seeming surface is almost overwhelming.
Posts Tagged ‘nyc public sculpture’
Urs Fischer’s “untitled (Lamp/Bear)” (2005-6) at the Seagram Building, 53rd and Park Avenue, looks as cuddly as a gigantic scupture can, but it’s made of cast bronze and weighs 17 tons. The yellow bear with button eyes wedged under a desk lamp, might look best at nighttime, but during the day it achieves a touching balance of pathetic gesture and monumental scale. A guard stands by to keep visitors from touching the sculpture.
Franz West‘s sculpture installation, at the corner of Central Park, consists of two aluminum pieces, one multi-colored and the other bubblegum pink. To encourage viewer interaction, the upturned arms of the sculpture end in round seats. On a spring day, they are pretty irresistible.
Jean Duffet’s “The Welcome Parade,” from his Hourloupe Cycle, was designed for the Smithsonian’s East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, but never realized because of lack of funding. More than two decades after the artist’s death, the pieces were constructed and placed in this public space. To the left, sharing the atrium, is Obika Mozzarella Bar.
This large Joan Miro sculpture sits on the 58th Street side of 9 West 57th Street. The back of the building is dark and undramatic compared to the front, so the sculpture makes the space more interesting, though some, I’m sure, are not crazy about the horned, bug-eyed chunk of metal.