Public Sculpture Comes to Times Square

WNYC  1 MARCH 2011

NEW YORK — This week, fine art meets flash as five sculptures by high-profile artists land in Times Square, a public art exhibition connected to the arts trade show Armory Arts Week.

Star Fountain, by late French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, one of the works on display in Times Square this week. (Marlon Bishop/WNYC)

On Tuesday morning after the unveiling, tourists and native New Yorkers alike wandered among the statues, ranging from a voluptuous ten-foot ceramic woman by the late sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle to the 24 sheep made of paper by Brooklyn artist Kyu Seok Oh.

“I’m always supportive of public art sculptures, there needs to be more of them,” says Arash Mokhtar, an actor who was checking out the sculptures after an audition. “I’m glad they’re actually in Times Square and not far off in some art world refuge.”

The sculptures were chosen, alongside artistic considerations, to withstand the wear and tear of a week in Times Square, where, according to curator Glen Weiss, people tend to be pretty “hands-on” with the art.

All five works will be on display until next Tuesday.

— Marlon Bishop, Culture Producer, WNYC

The Artist: Tom Otterness
The Work: Mouse (Large) (2007)

The Artist: Grimanesa AmorĂ³s
The Work: The Uros House (2011)

The Artist: Niki de Saint Phalle
The Work: Star Fountain (Blue) (1999)

The Artist: David Kennedy Cutler
The Work: Geologies, Cosmologies, Apologies #1 (2010)

The Artist: Kyu Seok Oh
The Work: Counting Sheep (2011)

All photos by Marlon Bishop / WNYC