I love when public space is used for outdoor exhibits and New York has an abundance of projects that pop up every spring and summer. They don’t always work, but I’m always appreciative of the effort. In most cases, the exhibits simply cannot fit in a closed space. Many are site-specific and wouldn’t work in an indoor setting. Here are a couple of recent examples. Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Public Art Fund. More of the same, please!
This is Mr. Fun himself, Andy Warhol by Rob Pruitt.
I think the inspiration is Warhol’s Mylar balloons. It stands at the north end of Union Square at 17th Street and Broadway.
It’s outside the building where Warhol’s Factory was. [I believe this was The Factory’s second address. This is the location where he was shot by Valerie Solanas.] The building now has a Petco on the ground floor.
The Factory was located on the third floor. When Warhol moved The Factory here, Union Square was a den of gypsies, tramps and thieves. In addition to the Petco, Union Square now has a big Barnes & Noble and a busy McDonalds. I think he’d approve.
This beauty is Tornado, a commission by Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer.
It’s made from inflated truck tire inner tubes. That’s Sailstorfer’s medium. Inner tubes. I spoke to a couple of people and they weren’t overly impressed but I really liked it.
It stands at the southeast corner of Central Park, near The Plaza Hotel and works nicely when you view it in concert with the trees. It really is kind of tornado-like. So clever.
I couldn’t decide which of these shots of The Flatiron Building I liked best so I decided to post both of them. When it opened, The Flatiron Building was described glowingly as “a great battleship steaming up Broadway.”
This is Mrs. Wife’s favorite building in New York. Doesn’t she have great taste?! They’ve taken a portion of Broadway in front of The Flatiron away from the taxis and traffic and turned it into public space. It’s a fantastic place to sit and whittle away a few hours.