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Christmas Things That Are Merry and Bright: Midtown, Manhattan

Radio City Tree and Marquee
Radio City Music Hall (All Photos By Gail)

On the Saturday that fell over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Geoffrey and I had the bright idea that it would be a fine time to visit  the Museum of Modern Art. By 2 or 3 in the afternoon, we felt sure that the crowds would have thinned out and we could just slip through the line and see some rad art. HAHA, how funny to have thought that, as we quickly discovered that the place was ridiculously mobbed and the lines were so endlessly long, that we had no choice but to bail on the idea of seeing any art that day. However, we decided to at least “take advantage” of the fact that we were actually in midtown, and perhaps do some window shopping and a bit of sightseeing.

Salvatore Ferragamo Building Front
Salvatore Ferragamo Store Front, Fifth Avenue

You may know that in a recent post that I admonished anyone who wants to maintain their sanity against even trying to be in the vicinity of midtown Manhattan during the Christmas season, because it will make you hate your life. But what made the trip worthwhile was getting to see all of the fantastic Christmas holiday decorations that make for some terrific photographs.

The photos in this post were all taken between Radio City, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 5oth Street, on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks downtown, and then west through the 40s towards Times Square. I didn’t always take note of an exact addresses, but if you walk around that general area, you should be able to spot most of these. Because, they are kind of big and, well, lit up.

Uniqlo Store Windows

Uniqlo clothing store, window displays. 53rd St. on the Southwest Corner of 5th Ave.

Uniqlo Store Windows

Uniqlo Display

This is what the Window Displays looks like from inside the store.

Chase Plaza Red Christmas Balls

These oversized Red Christmas Balls are an annual fixture in the fountain at Chase Plaza, 1251 Avenue of the Americas.

Chase Plaza Red Christmas Balls

Night had not quite fallen, so I’m not sure if they are illuminated in the darkness, but I would guess that perhaps they are.

Reindeer and Red Trees

I really love these reindeer sculptures, and the bare trees wrapped in tiny red lights. I believe this is just down the street from Chase Plaza, but don’t hold me to that.

Reindeer and Red Trees

Giant String of Christmas Lights

This colorful String of Over-Sized Christmas Lights is in front of the McGraw-Hill Building, Located at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

Giant String of Christmas Lights
Giant String of Christmas Lights

Tree of Lights

I am pretty sure this Holiday Tree of Golden Lights is inside a building that’s just one block further downtown than the Giant String of Christmas Lights. I love the fact that I captured a man working on this display.

Silver Christmas Balls

These assorted sized Silver Balls were inside a  clothing store  window. I didn’t  notice  which one.

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These Giant Christmas Balls sitting atop a pair of revolving doors were possibly on W. 49th St. as we walked towards Times Square.

I hope you enjoyed my photos! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Worleygig.com’s Top Ten Christmas Trees

Christmas Top 10

Presented here in no particular order are the Top Ten Holiday Trees from previous Worleygig posts! Enjoy!

Aluminum Tree with Pink Onaments

Aluminim Christmas Tree with Pink Ornaments (Original Post)

Christmas Tree Made of Books

Christmas Tree Made of Books (Original Post)

Hubcap Christmas Tree

Hub Cap Christmas Tree (Original Post)

Doughnuts Christmas Tree

Doughnuts Christmas Tree (Original Post)

Bacon Tree

Bacon Christmas Tree (Original Post)

Musical Charlie Browns Christmas Tree

Musical Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree (Original Post)

Godzilla Christmas Tree

Godzilla Christmas Tree (Original Post)

Harold Lloyd Christmas Tree

Harold Lloyd’s Christmas Tree (Original Post)

For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas

Contemporay Art Christmas TreePhilippe Parreno’s Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (Original Post)

Origami Christmas Tree

Origami Tree from the Museum of Natural History NYC (Original Post)

Origami Christmas Tree at The American Museum of Natural History

Origami Christmas Tree
All Photos By Gail, Click on any Photo to Enlarge for Detail

The American Museum of Natural History has its Holiday Tree on display, and what’s special about this tree is that it is decorated entirely with Origami Ornaments! The theme of this year’s tree is Wicked, Wild and Wonderful, honoring the Museum’s new exhibition The Power of Poison. The ornaments were created especially for the tree by volunteers who began folding in July to complete hundreds of creations that are displayed on the tree and around its base. Here are some of our favorites from this years display!

Origami Giraffes and Green Frog
A family of Giraffes and a Green Frog

Witches from MacBeth
Trio of Witches from Macbeth Surrounding their Cauldron

Origami Cobra
Coiled Cobra

Origami Bees with Honeycomb
Red Ants, Bees, Honeycomb

Origami Octopi
Origami Octopi

Origami Geko Rhino Peacock
Geko, Rhinos and Peacock

Origami Blue Parrot, Tarantula Lizards
Blue Parrot, Tarantula and Lizards

Origami Killer Whales
Killer Whales

Origami Flamingos and T Rex
Pink Flamingos and a Red T Rex

Origami Stegosaurus

There are tons of Dinosaurs on the Tree, including the orange Stegosaurus seen above (visit the the Museum’s 4th Floor to see his Bones!)

The Origami Holiday Tree will be on Display through January 12, 2014 at the AMNH, Located on Central Park West Between 77th Street and 81st Street (Take the C Train to 81st) in the Grand Gallery, Near the 77th Street exit on the Museum’s First Floor.

Twinkly Stars
Twinkly Stars!

Origami Tree Sign

Dinosaur Christmas Spruce at American Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur Spruce at AMNH
Photo By Gail

The Museum of Natural History on Central Park West at 81st Street has this fun Dinosaur-shaped Spruce displayed at the Museum’s CPW entrance adjacent to the main stairs. It probably looks very cool at night, when it is lit up by tiny white lights!

Favorite Realist Sculptures from Frieze Art Fair 2013!

Christmas Tree for One Month
Philippe Parreno’s Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (All Photos By Gail)

Frieze Art Fair 2013 may already be a couple of weeks behind us but that doesn’t mean I’m done with posting all the great photos I took of some really fun and inspiring art. Here are a few of my favorite realist (and surrealist) sculptures and installations from this year’s fair!

Body in Bathtub

I didn’t catch the name of this artist (which is the case with most of my pics, due to moving fast and trying to get clean shot with no extra bodies in them) but this sculpture of a body in a bathtub covered by a black tarp is pretty creepy and looked surprisingly real.

Bottles Filled with Colored Water

I’m sure there is a deeper meaning here that I missed but I think this is just row of Snapple bottles filled with Red, Blue and Yellow Water. This probably costs thousands of dollars but you could totally make this at home. Andy Warhol famously said, “Art is what you can get away with.” Art!

Flowered Room

I was so charmed by this Furniture Installation by Lily Van der Stokker.

Hammer Sculpture

If I had a Hammer this big…

Onions on a Board

This may looks like somebody dropped a bag of Yellow Onions on a board, but nothing is ever really what it appears to be at these events.

Pineapple

For example, it’s a Pineapple (maybe), but it is also Art!

Pizza Sculpture on Wall

Everyone wanted to have their picture taken in front of the Giant Pizza Sculpture By Tom Friedman.

Red Lips Sculpture

I am such a sucker for a nice pair of Red Lips.

Snack Cakes By Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman
also made this giant Twinkie, Ding Dong and classic Pink Sno Ball, which are made of Styrofoam (just like real Hostess cakes!)

Tongues Sculpture

Yes, these are tongues. And yes, everyone went”EW!” upon viewing them. Kids seem to dig them, however.

Watermelon with Pipe
Watermelon with Pipe by Carsten Höller.

White Balloons Sculpture
White Balloons, very nice!

Stay tuned to The Gig for more coverage from Frieze Art Fair 2013!

Yoshitomo Nara at Pace Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara Girl Face

Pace Gallery is currently hosting its first exhibition of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, who joined the gallery in 2011. The exhibition features new paintings, bronze sculptures and works on paper.

Yoshitomo Nara Girl Head

I liked his paintings more than the large bronze sculptures. Here are couple of my favorites from Friday night’s opening reception.

Yoshitomo Nara Life Is Hard

This one really resonated with me, as I’m sure it does for many people.

Yoshitomo Nara Sleeping Girl

I like this one as well because the girl could be dead or she could be just sleeping. Probably sleeping.

The Yoshitomo Nara Exhibit will run through Jun 29th, 2013 at Pace Gallery, Located at 534 West 25th Street, NYC in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Yoshitomo Nara Girl with Tree Head

Yoshitomo Nara Girl with Tree Head Sculpture

Yoshitomo Nara Exhibit Signage