8. The Andy Monument (2011)

Rob Pruitt, The Andy Monument, Union Square, 2011. Photograph by James Ewing. Image courtesy Public Art Fund

A tribute to late artist, Andy Warhol, Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument once stood in Union Square, the site of Warhol’s studio, The Factory (1968 to 1984), where he and his fellow collaborators produced silkscreen paintings, films, music, books and a number of other works.

The Andy Monument, created through a technique that combined live model digital scanning and hand sculpting, was finished in chrome and mounted on a concrete pedestal. In describing his work, Rob Pruitt notes, “Like so many other artists and performers and people who don’t fit in because they’re gay or otherwise different, Andy moved here to become who he was, to fulfill his dreams and make it big. He still represents that courage and that possibility. That’s why I came to New York, and that’s what my Andy Monument is about.”