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Midtown Skyscrapers Made From Plants at the NYBG Holiday Train Show

Midtown Skyscrapers
All Photos By Gail

The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show just closed for the season this past weekend, so if you missed it, there’s always next year! I had the chance to check it out with a friend on the Saturday when we had that amazing snow storm here in the city, and it was a pretty sweet time. The Train Show —  which is about so much more than just model trains —  takes place inside the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, where you can travel back in time, it seems; wandering through  miniature landscapes featuring more than 150 scaled iconic buildings, private mansions (many of which do not exist today) and other structures which stretch out  amid the plants,  under thousands of twinkling lights through various rooms of the conservatory. Also, there are model trains, but they are not necessarily the show stoppers!

Enid Haupt Conservatory

Inside the glass domed conservatory is an authentic city in miniature, where famed New York architecture is recreated using bark, leaves, and other natural materials. The recent exhibition had expanded since the previous year, with more trains, an all-new Queensboro Bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions, which was one of my favorite assign with cluster of some of NYC’s most iconic, landmark towers.

Midtown Skyscrapers

Here’s another view of the section which featured the NY Stock Exchange, the Flatiron and Chrysler Buildings, the Empire State Building and, up front, Rockefeller Center.

Rock Center Tree

There was even a miniature replica of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, flanked by the gold statue of Prometheus, who represents the ancient Greek legend of the Titan, bringing fire to mankind. And I even managed to get a train in this picture — not always easy to do, as they can zoom by quite quickly!

Enid Haupt Conservatory

Find out more about the NYBG Holiday Train Show, and start planning your visit for late 2017, at This Link!

Abandoned Gold Mannequin Torso

Gold Mannequin Torso
All Photos By Gail

On the way to the laundromat with a load of clothes, I passed by this spray-painted gold, female mannequin torso, which has been discarded curbside, atop an old wooden cabinet, and other assorted detritus, on East 14th Street in anticipation of the weekend garbage pick up.

Gold Mannequin Torso 1

I can’t say if the black magic marker designs on the nipples is part of the artwork, or just the evidence of neighborhood teenage boys acting like juvenile idiots.

Gold Mannequin Torso Back

She had additional “comments” scrawled in the same black marker on her backside. I can only assume they were rude in nature.

Gold Mannequin Torso Upshot

I hope an artist found her and took her home.

Golden Burger By Antoni Tudisco

Golden Burger
Photo By Gail

This visually stunning wall sculpture, Golden Burger (2016) by Antoni Tudisco is a 3D rendering that was created on an aluminm base by a process called sublimation. Tudisco is a graphic designer/ digital artist hailing from (not kidding) Hamburg, Germany, who has worked for numerous commercial clients, including Coca-Cola. The sculpture (in a limited edition of 5) measures 45 inches by 33 inches and sells for $1500. What a bargain!

Photographed at The Affordable Art Fair in Manhattan.

Tongue Gilding by Lauren Kalman

Tongue Gilding
Photo By Gail

Lauren Kalman’s Tongue Gilding (2008), a digital print laminated on acrylic, entertains questions like, “Where does adornment end and body modification begin? How do we use jewelry to create and ‘ideal’ body? Can it create an ‘abject’ one?”

Trained as a metalsmith, Kalman has made gold body embellishments which, in order to be worn, alter the body in a way that may seem unusual or off-putting. She then documents the works through photographs that focus on these performative elements. At once seductive and repulsive, Kalman’s images ask us to question the ways in which we present our adorned bodies to the world.

Photographed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Balloon Supported Coffee Table

UP Inspired Cocktail Table By Christopher Duffy
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Inspired by the movie Up, British designer Christopher Duffy created this unique, hand crafted coffee table, where the clear glass top appears to be floating atop lighter-than-air balloons, from toughened Glass, metal resin composite and toughened steel rods. Limited to an edition of only twenty, this playful piece that would be a conversation starter in any area of your home can be yours for about $9,300.

UP Inspired Cocktail Table By Christopher Duffy 2

Gold-Plated Photocopier

gold canon copier
Canon (Image Source)

This is an image of a gold-plated Canon photocopier by designer Yogi Proctor. It’s art! See more photos of this piece and find out more about the artist at This Link.

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