Friday, April 2, 2010

The View From Above

I spent some time viewing the public art installation around Madison Square Park and the Flatiron today. "Event Horizon" is by British artist Antony Gormley.  He has scattered 31 life size sculptures (based on his own body which was used as the basis for the casts) on rooftops and sidewalks in the area.  The figures have upset some passers-by as they conjure up images of people jumping off of buildings.  No stranger to controversy, Gormley's statue display had a similar effect when it was installed in London in 2007.

But c'mon, it's pretty cool...plus, it also gives you a reason to look up and appreciate all the amazing water towers...


And the great architecture that you don't always notice...



And it gives you a new way to look at the Empire State Building...


...and the Flatiron building...

And yourself...


Gormley said in the NY Times earlier this week that he wants to "give city people a primary experience of the human body, so often lost in the forest of skyscrapers."  Well I, for one, liked the experience.

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