Gotta Catch All The Trains!
I went walking on the High Line today and saw this fantastic modern abstract sculpture, which is just adjacent to the park, having been installed on the patio of a luxury rental complex known as Ten23, located between 22nd & 23rd Street on Tenth Avenue. The 20-foot high sculpture is called Urban Rattle, and it’s by American artist Charlie Hewitt.
As part of the MTA Arts & Design program (formerly known as MTA Arts for Transit), the platform walls at the Broadway and 23rd Street Subway stops for the N and R Trains are decorated with a seemingly endless row of colorful tile mosaics depicting a series of eclectic Hats previously worn on the heads many and varied famous people from times past. Here are few we photo-captured while out on an Urban Safari this last weekend!
Evelyn Nesbitt, Artist’s Model, Actress, Chorus Girl
Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain), Author
Phineas T. Barnum, Museum Owner and Circus Entrepreneur
Charles Sherwood Stratton (AKA Tom Thumb), PT Barnum Performer
Ehrich Weiss (AKA Harry Houdini), Magician
Isadora Duncan, Dancer
Winslow Homer, Painter
Marie Curie, Physicist
Robert Ross McBurney, Founder of the YMCA, and Julia Ward Howe, Poet
Bird (2012), is a 12-foot high, 12-foot wide, and 14-foot long sculpture, made with fifty-five hundred actual and fabricated nails in the shape of a bird. The work weighs five tons, and rests upon a nest of ninety thousand nails. Through this sculpture, Ryman changes the meaning of the nail, which is traditionally used to connect materials and build structures. By dramatically altering its scale and using it in excessive quantities, Ryman blurs the relationship between abstraction and realism. As the viewer rotates around the sculpture, Bird transitions from the shape of a bird to a nonrepresentational sculpture.
Bird will be on Display through April 21st, 2013
Flatiron Plaza Intersection of 23rd Street, 5th Avenue and Broadway, New York