“Discovering Columbus” Art Exhibit Opens At Columbus Circle; Visitors Invited To “Living Room” In The Sky
UPDATE 10/10: WSJ Review Of “Discovering Columbus”; Tickets Going Fast
If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close-and-personal with the Christopher Columbus monument at Columbus Circle, now’s your chance.
Discovering Columbus, a free and quirky art exhibition, opens today and allows visitors to climb 70 feet above the street and hang out in a fully-furnished, 810 square foot “living room” that has been built around the statue.
The project is the brainchild of Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, and is sponsored by The Public Art Fund:
Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan. Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead.
The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and runs from today (9/20) through Sunday, November 18th.
Tickets are free, but must be reserved at the Public Art Fund’s website.
Thoughts? Cool or weird?
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