15. Tom Friedman’s Looking Up Arrives on Park Avenue
Untapped Cities has often encouraged readers, “Don’t Forget to Look Up.” So when we heard that Tom Friedman’s whimsical thirty-three foot tall figure titled “Looking Up” was heading to New York, we wanted to be there to greet it. “Looking Up” is part of a series which was first seen in London at just over thirty-three inches tall. Initially carved from rudimentary styrofoam, the sculpture is covered in crushed aluminum foil roasting pans, and molding created for lost wax casting. The figure is then converted to stainless steel.
Mr. Friedman’s vision has grown from the original thirty-three inches. Looking Up is presented by Luring Augustine, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; New York City Parks; and the Fund for Park Avenue. The artist hopes that you will join the figure in looking up with the same feeling of whimsy and wonder as does the new thirty-three foot tall installation. On view at Park Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets. Looking Up will be on view through June,, 2016.