While we wait for the seven Calatrava’s to arrive on Park Avenue at 52nd Street, we can rest our eyes on a new (or rather, another) Urs Fischer piece currently being installed on the plaza at 345 Park Avenue – the Seagram Building. Meet Big Clay #4.
You might remember Urs Fischer’s Lamp/Bear, which is a twenty-ton, twenty-three foot tall, teddy bear with light, installed on the same plaza. There were originally three large bear sculptures cast – one blue and two yellow.
Two of them already sold, the Seagram Building’s painted bronze bear sculpture was auctioned off by Christie’s for just under $7 million in 2011.
This week, we watched as the installation of Big Clay #4 was taking place. Mr. Fischer is giving New York a steady stream of exhibits, recalling works printed on aluminum panels at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Greenwich Village late last year and the Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue, which was extended through January 2015. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Mr. Fischer lives and works in New York.
Get in touch with the author on her website, AFineLyne. For more on public sculpture, check out our coverage of Jeff Koons’ Split Rocker by 30 Rock, and 10 Outdoor Art Installations Not to Miss in NYC This Month.