Rub vigorously for good luck

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.

Clickable. If you must.

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.

14 thoughts on “Rub vigorously for good luck

  1. too funny! i saw an exhibit of his work at the musée maillol in paris a few years ago. the exhibit poster (which was plastered all over the city and metro) hangs in the guest bathroom: a dancing woman with the most magnificent thighs! xoxoxo

  2. Sav: All of his women have robust figures. It reminds me of R. Crumb’s work. They both like their women thick.Map: Now, why didn’t I think of that? I could have said it was for art’s sake.MIT: When are you due out here, anyway?Daisy: Giblets = lol! That’s a new (and appropriate) one.Ponita: I will find another way to convey luck onto you and LHB, if you don’t mind. Nurse: I like them. They look pretty grand in person. My crappy photo skills did them no favors.SB: I tried to cop a feel from Eve but I wasn’t tall enough.

  3. I wonder if my wife would fall for the “Rub it for good luck routine”I will ne in NYC this Christmas, we are doing the usual touristy stuff with the boys, any suggestions for other sights to see.Thanks, Sausage

  4. SF: You can’t go wrong with the touristy things. I do them myself! There’s lots to see in the Times Square/Rockefeller Center area. If you’re going to ice skate, go to Bryant Park. The rink at 30 Rock is small and crowded. PRAY for good weather.25Bar: Thank you. An unlikely place to receive such a Christian greeting!Ellie: I would have expected the nation to flip out and demand its removal. Not so.

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