Posts Tagged ‘nyc public sculpture’

Mermaids’ play

August 31, 2012

“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.


Bear/lamp in the sun

August 25, 2011

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.

Mini golf season is here @ Governor’s Island

July 31, 2011

It’s hot, dusty, and artistic: mini golf time at Governor’s, for sure! Most of holes are new this year, and there are sculptures and interactive exhibits on the other side of the field to see, also. Food, drinks, and ice cream can be purchased from vendors near the buildings.

Sixth Avenue scene

October 20, 2010

A typical Sixth Avenue/Rockefeller Center scene: pedestrians, street food, and Oldenburg sculpture, and a businessman working it out at lunchtime so he can go back to the office and act normal for the afternoon.

Leprechaun love

March 19, 2010

A scene that was repeated throughout the day on Wednesday, with variations in headwear and amount of green clothing.

Color by Central Park

March 13, 2010

the Ego and the Id

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.

Dubuffet figures in the atrium

February 20, 2010

IBM Building Sculpture Garden, Madison and 56-57th Streets

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.

Miro outdoor sculpture

May 26, 2009

big sculpture

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.