And by high art I am talking many, many flights up. Mayor Bloomberg in conjunction with the Public Art Fund and several wonderful sponsors, commissioned the artist, Tatzu Nishi to design a temporary installation around the statue of Christopher Columbus (in Columbus Circle at the Southwest corner of Central Park) while it was under renovation. The statue was originally created in 1892 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus landing in the America’s. PAF describes Nishi’s installation around the statue as follows:
Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan.
For more information on the exhibit and how to get tickets go to Discovering Columbus
And speaking of high, last week I was on a JetBlue flight. No matter how good a book I’m reading, I plug my earphones into the armrest and watch the worst TV I can find. After several hours in the air I noticed my stomach was really aching. Right off the bat I was worried about the chicken salad sandwich I purchased at the airport. But then I realized I had just watched 3, full hour episodes of A&E’s, Intervention, back to back. A teen was freebasing, a father was hooked on meth (and hookers) and a son, a chef no less, was whipping up a nice combination of spicy and aromatic cocktails to shoot up. I thought the woman next to me was going to ask the flight attendant to move…STAT. It was so much sadness and dread. And yet I wouldn’t say it was a contact high I was experiencing, but I was definitely sweaty, jittery and all kinds of paranoid from watching. And I just wanted more…