13. “Two Orchids” Next to Central Park

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The Doris C. Freedman Plaza next to Central Park and the Plaza Hotel is still sporting Two Orchids by German artist Isa Genzken, presented by The Public Art Fund. Located at the entrance to Central Park on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, the sculptures rise to 28 feet and 34 feet, and are a commentary on the ubiquity of the once-rare and exotic flowers.

The Public Art Fund description is that of an “idealized, colossal version of the familiar plant; a civic monument to the perfect orchid, now the chosen ornament of contemporary culture….the mass-produced white orchid has become the quintessential flower of our age; global, accessible, and open to interpretation.” Two Orchids will be on view through August 2s1st, 2016.