The Gateway to Soho at 599 Broadway
The bright blue, eight-story art piece adorning a wall on 599 Broadway certainly stands out among the surrounding buildings and billboards, catching the eye of pedestrians. Unknown to many of them, however, this piece, called “The Gateway to Soho” (or “The Wall”), actually has a rocky history and even became the subject of a federal lawsuit.
Head of Goliath (Image via Nicolas Holiber)
This face is kind of terrifying, but that’s what makes it so appealing to the eye. Brooklyn artist Nicolas Holiber has built this four-feet-long monster out of trash, and it now sits in Tribeca Park. This sculpture took Holiber a month to build — he spent almost every waking hour creating this four foot tall piece, in his studio, which he told us via e-mail is “only about 150 square feet.” He documented the entire expierence on Instagram, showing progress from idea to reality. Besides the materials in his studio and throughout his travels, other parts of the “Head of Goliath” come from NYC street artist Hanksy’s last show Best of The Worst. (more…)
Canal Street ranks as one of the busiest of New York’s thoroughfares. It connects Manhattan to both Brooklyn and New Jersey, via the Manhattan Bridge on the east and the Hudson Tunnel on the west, respectively. One of the city’s functionally named streets, the area was originally occupied by (you guessed it), a canal which was built in the early 19th century to replace Collect Pond as the central sewage system. Today the street bustles with outdoor vendors, knock-off designer watches and handbags, jewelry stores and traffic jams as it runs from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo and Tribeca.
Yet tucked right in the middle of Canal, Laight and Varick streets, and sandwiched between Chinatown and the Hudson Tunnel, is an oasis of calm and peace (well, for Canal anyway).
We love art in public places and this weekend, as part of NYCxDesign Week, we got a sneak preview of the art installations going up underneath the 125th Street viaduct, near Twelfth Avenue in Harlem. REPURPOSE – A Public Art Intervention is the first of a three part installation curated by Savona Bailey-McClain of the West Harlem Art Fund, who is no stranger to some of our favorite art in public places. We followed her underneath the viaduct onto Twelfth Avenue, where we found a small restaurant row and a lot of activity within steps of the Hudson River Pier. (more…)
A ballerina caught mid-leap, triathletes preparing for the next round, and a big apple. Public art fills New York, and these are three out of a seven piece temporary installation at Riverside Park South on view until May 15. The third in a five-part partnership between the Art Students League and the New York Parks Department, the theme of this year’s Model 2 Monument, also called M2M, is on “the public square: role and responsibility of the artist.”
Each piece showcases the artist’s individual point of view and style. Yet together, the exhibit works as a celebration of public space. Beginning at West 60th and continuing up to West 69th Street, the works explore themes such as environmental responsibility, the city’s diverse mix of cultural activities, and New York as a melting pot.