Manholes set in pavement. Courtesy of Public Art Fund.
Watch where you’re walking or anyone could miss stepping on a sculpture. Sculptor Lawrence Weiner engraved 19 different manholes around New York City. Companies Roman Stone and Consolidated Edison Inc. supported Weiner’s project and helped make it possible. His manhole covers read,”In direct line with another and the next.” (more…)
Source: Writing On It All
Governor’s Island continues to endure massive renovations to revive the island as a resource for the residents of New York City. Writing On It All wants artists, writers and anyone else interested to write across the interior walls of a former senior officer’s house that dates back to the early 20th century, when Governor’s Island was a military base. (more…)
On the fringe of Berlin’s Gallery Week-End, Robert Montgomery’s “The City is Wilder” was officially revealed to the public last 24 April. Railroad commuters, clubbers, and pedestrians can admire the 41-year-old Scottish born artist’s latest work no matter what they’re doing: traveling, clubbing or just passing by. (more…)
From the top of the Red Square building, Lenin seems to be beckoning all those who can see him in the Lower East Side. (Picture via Flickr | bitboy)
Today’s Daily What?! comes from Untapped contributor Aby Sam Thomas, whose favorite obscure fact about New York City is the presence of a huge statue of Lenin on a rooftop in the East Village. In Art on the Street: Manhattan’s Outdoor Art Scene, Aby wrote:
While most of us may dismiss the notion that the statue of a communist revolutionary could exist in the bustling metropolis that is New York City, a cursory glance at the roof of the Red Square building in the exciting and eclectic East Village neighborhood would certainly be a surprise. Standing on the roof is an 18-foot statue of Vladimir Lenin which was built in the erstwhile Soviet Union by Yuri Gerasimov. With his arm outstretched towards the Manhattan skyline, it is quite an interesting sight as one walks around this trendy neighborhood.
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In case you missed it, this weekend was likely the only time visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park were treated to the sight of two Watertower works by Tom Fruin. The first is Watertower, which is located on the roof of 20 Jay Street. It was erected in June 2012 and will remain there through next month. Those who can’t get to New York City can have a look through this Live Cam. (more…)
From May 2, through September 8, Orly Genger‘s monumental Red, Yellow and Blue, will be exhibited in Madison Square Park. Intricately hand-knotted nautical ropes covered in paint brighten the landscape of the park. Genger created an interactive work that appears to rise out of the ground and then flow seamlessly back into it. The work consists of 1.4 million feet of rope—the total length equating to nearly 20 times the length of Manhattan—covered in over 3,000 gallons of paint, and weighing over an astounding 100,000 pounds. (more…)