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    I actually like the concept. Trippy to the point of surrealism.

    ...that is as long as you are one of the lucky few within the "living room". The rest of the millions of New Yorkers, commuters and tourists will have to put up with the ghastly scaffolds assembled around one of the city's landmarks.

    At least it's temporary. Similar treatment and decapitation of landmarks can be much more terrifying when permanent.

    From...


    http://www.sandstead.com/images/geni...andstead_1.jpg

    ...to a series of ever-worsening transformations

    http://blog.mysanantonio.com/clockin...0boy%25202.jpg

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    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9...v7ro1_1280.jpg


    http://www.candacedwan.com/jelly/dat...3D322/6604.jpg


    http://www.sis.pitt.edu/images/spotl...enboy_half.jpg

    According to the following source: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/clockin...-dallas-debut/

    "AT&T executives repoprtedly had Golden Boy’s manhood removed when he relocated to Madison Avenue — Ouch!"

    At least Columbus isn't getting his wang chopped off, then being relocated to an office park in Dallas.
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    Wacky Columbus Statue Exhibit Opens Thursday



    The Public Art Fund will open its newest exhibit “Discovering Columbus” on Thursday, and you can start reserving tickets now. The exhibit consists of a staircase that climbs up to the top of the 75-foot-tall granite column holding the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle, leading to a “living room” built around the statue itself. Tatzu Nishi, the Japanese artist who conceived of the installation, is known for building these kinds of rooms around objects and statues. Here’s how the Public Art Fund describes it:

    “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.”

    Our commenters have scoffed at it as a tourist “theme park,” and a critic for The Real Deal lamented the fact that it caused the circle to close for months: “What provokes my indignation is the decision of the Parks Department, which holds sway over this tiny island, to lock down the site, in whole or in part, for almost half a year, thus denying the citizens of New York the right to use their city in the way in which it was intended to be used.”



    But now it’s here. And many of you will want to see it, if only to complain about how it didn’t live up to your expectations.

    The exhibit will be open every day between September 20 and November 18 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Because of high expected demand, visitors can only access the site for 30 minutes at a time, and you’ll have to reserve a spot in advance. The site is ADA compliant, with a “hoist” available for people who need it.

    http://www.westsiderag.com/2012/09/1...t-free-tickets

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    'Discovering Columbus' By Tatzu Nishi Creates Living Room Centered Around Iconic Statue

    By Inae Oh





    (see article for more pics)

    With the unveiling of artist Tatzu Nishi's latest installation on Wednesday, New York City's iconic Christopher Columbus statue could be seen in considerably more chic surroundings. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, Nishi's "Discovering Columbus" places an 810-square foot, fully-furnished living room in the sky, where visitors can ascend six stories to view the statue in unprecedented proximity.

    The room is complete with a flat-screen television and wonderfully quirky wallpaper featuring cartoon images of Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, hot dogs, and the Empire State Building. All complements of Bloomingdale's.

    The statue's domesticated new housing feels seamless, as if one has just sauntered into any one of the city's countless luxury apartments, save for the massive 13-foot monument of Christopher Columbus in the middle.

    Mayor Bloomberg, who personally visited the installation twice, was on hand at Wednesday's display:

    It is really interesting. It's different and it gives you a chance to up front and close view somebody that really had an enormous impact on the world. The view and the art work will knock your socks off, as they say. Being there is an exhilarating, once-in-a-life chance to take in some of New York City's busiest streets and park in an entirely fresh vantage point and with entirely new eyes. You'll also get a chance to see a statue close-up that really is an icon and none of us have seen face to face, until now.

    Since the project's announcement, some were concerned the installation would hide the statue from public view. In particular, some Italian Americans have expressed anger over the idea, claiming the project was demeaning and that it "trivializes history."

    The mayor commented on such criticism and said, "People who say that must have a lot better eyes than I do. You can't see it from the street and here you get a chance to walk up and get your eyes ten inches away. We would have had to cover it and do the restoration anyway. If you think about it, it wasn't going to be available from the streets, and it even can't be seen from the streets. I suggest you go up and take a look."

    "Discovering Columbus" will be open to the public for free till November 18. Timed tickets are required.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...#slide=1544717

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    The Public Art Fund must have surplus money in its coffers. I can think of a few things that 1.5M could do better to benefit the city....emptying garbage cans more frequently should be considered art.

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    I like it, partly because it's temporary.

    In a broader sense, temporary street art doesn't need to be good. Just get people thinking about art.

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    When Bloomberg's term ends, lots of this big public art probably will no longer have the "anonymous" benefactor who (for the most part) funds them.

    PUBLIC ART FUND

    The Fund's work has increased due to the influence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a supporter of public art. Since Bloomberg took office, he has asked the Public Art Fund to organize temporary exhibitions of outdoor artwork in City Hall Park. In 2003, they organized "Element E," created by Roy Lichtenstein 13 years before his death in 1997, for installation at City Hall Park. According to Susan Freedman, president of the Public Art Fund, these projects are "important to the morale of the art community," and they "[send] a message that the arts are alive in this city."[3]

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    Still excited! I'm going next week. Here's the link to passes: http://ev6.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncomme...format=grpMenu

    edit: the signup system is terrible, but the passes are free.

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    edit: the signup system is terrible, but the passes are free.
    agreed...more than terrible.
    I signed up for two people to also go next week, but they only sent one pass to download?!
    If they don't change something, i predict a lot of unused reservations.

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    If it was anything like the ones I received, both will have the first person's name on them (they come in a single PDF), but there will be different numbers/barcodes on each.

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    no.. only had one name-and only one tix...i ended up going through the process again to get the second one.

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