The Time Warner Center is a huge shopping/ residential/ hotel/ entertainment complex located at the southwest corner of Central Park in Columbus Circle. It’s where Midtown ends and the Upper West Side begins. Think of a shopping mall just steps away from Central Park. There’s a Whole Foods inside.
It houses one of my favorite public artworks. On the main floor are two 12 foot statues of Adam and Eve by artist Fernando Botero. They’re big, smooth, bulbous black monoliths.
Here’s Eve. She has a very maternal look.
Here’s Adam. He has a special interactive feature that I’m certain Botero and the property managers of the Time Warner Center never counted on. It seems that the thousands and thousands of tourists who stream through the center have decided that rubbing his uncircumcised penis is good luck. So many people have done it, that the patina glaze is rubbed off and the underlying gold is exposed.
People are constantly having their photos taken while yanking Adam’s flaccid anteater. There’s an art dealer who occasionally applies a touch-up, but it never lasts. Do you know what I love most? Management approves! They have no intention of removing Adam. It has become a destination when visiting the city. America is such a puritanical country that I thought the reaction would be the opposite.
I’ll bet you won’t find that in the guidebooks. Snap.