New York City’s streets and plazas are full of sculptural art, but in our rush we often pass by without too much notice. This work is tucked away in a pedestrian walkway at 40 W. 57th Street that takes you mid-block between 56th and 57th Streets. Due to its subject matter, you’ll be almost guaranteed to do a double take if it catch your eye.
This sculpture is by Fernando Botero, who also did the large Adam and Eve sculptures in Columbus Circle (there, Adam’s ‘member’ is so touched by visitors it stays permanently golden despite attempts to reapply the patina). Here, those familiar with Greek mythology may recognize the story of Leda and the Swan. Zeus came down to Leda in the form of a swan, after which she bore the famous Helen of Troy and Polydeuces.