Art in the Heart of Manhattan

by Lorraine Dalton
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Statue in New York City
Lorraine Dalton

Five modern sculptures are on display in Times Square until Monday.

 

As a part of Armory Arts Week, the Times Square Alliance is hosting an exhibition for the public that displays modern sculptures.

Made from bronze, ceramic tiles, paper and even DVDs, the five different sculptures represent the work of five artists including Kyu Seok Oh.

Mr. Oh, a Brooklyn artist originally from Japan, is the creator of "Counting Sheep." His piece shows a flock of twenty four handmade paper sheep. His closest friend Moto Osada explained how having art on display in Times Square, one of the greatest cultural crossroads of the world, is like a "dream come true." Mr. Osada explained what Mr. Oh hopes his sculpture will do for New Yorkers. "He wants people who come here to meditate on the sheep and relax a little bit because New York has so much energy and people are always very tense." 

Leslie Shultz from the Nohra Haime Gallery spent the entire evening prior to the exhibition's opening installing a fountain as part of a sculpture called "Star Fountain" that includes a ten foot voluptuous female figure made of ceramic tiles, glass pebbles, and mirrored glass. Ms. Shultz said that she believes having art on display in public areas is important. "It makes people that normally wound not go to a museum or a gallery appreciate art because they're seeing it on accident; I think that's a great thing, I think that public art is something that every city needs to have more of."

In addition to "Counting Sheep" and "Star Fountain," the exhibition includes pieces called "Mouse," "The Uros House," and "Geologies, Cosmologies, Apologies #1." While "Mouse" shows a nine foot tall bronze creature, "Geologies, Cosmologies, Apologies #1" represents a ten foot tall sculpture intended to conjure an ancient building.

Some viewers said it looks like a silver Christmas tree, but "The Uros House" is a ten foot tall illuminated sculpture of translucent spheres intended to depict bubbling sea foam. The sculptures are located between Broadway and 46th Street, at Duffy Square and Broadway Plazas and will remain on display until Monday March 7th.

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