Tag Archive | Union Square

Pink Thing of The Day: Dale Chihuly’s Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Uptown View
All Photos By Gail

I first noticed the Rose Crystal Tower, a new public art installation from globally famous glass artist Dale Chihuly, as I rode past it while I was on the 14th Street bus. The eye-catching pink sculpture was unveiled on October 6th, 2017 and will stay up for one full year, as part of the NYC Parks’ program Art in the Parks (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year). Art in the Parks is responsible for many notable works of art in public green spaces around the city, including the OY/YO installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Park View

While it maintains a semi-translucent quality, the Rose Crystal Tower is not actually made of glass, but rather  is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. According to an announcement from the Parks Department, Polyvitro is “the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient.” There is a similar sculpture at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle, and you can see a bit of that piece in this photo, which I took when I was there several years ago.

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Park View

I have walked by the Rose Crystal Tower a few times and have taken photos of it from many different angles and in different lighting. It is always gorgeous.

Rose Crystal Tower Daytime Park View

Check out the difference in the way the individual crystal groupings look in the daytime, as compared with how it looks at night, in the shots above and below.

Rose Crystal Tower at Night Detail 2
Detail of the Sculpture at Night

Here are more nighttime shots, where you can really apreciate the interior illumination.

Rose Crystal Tower at Night

Rose Crystal Tower at Night

Chihuly’s Rose Crystal Tower is located on the east side of Union Square Park, on the traffic triangle at 15th Street and Park Avenue South. The work will be on display through October 2018, so you have lots of time to see it.

Rose Crystal Tower at Night

Rose Crystal Tower in Spring

Here’s the Tower on a beautiful spring day (April 29th, 2018) with the cherry blossoms in the background!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Raphael Soyer, Office Girls

Office Girls
Photo By Gail

As an astute observer of Depression-era New York, Raphael Soyer (1899 – 1987) evoked the inner lives on anonymous city dwellers. His paintings frequently depict the new generation of female workers that he encountered in his Union Square neighborhood. Leaving the home for secretarial and clerical jobs, these woman depicted in Office Girls (1936) achieved an independence that was unprecedented for women of the period, even while unemployment remained high among men. While his artist colleagues usually portrayed these young women in optimistic terms, Soyer’s composition strikes a more ambivalent tone. Squeezed between a throng of rushing female workers and a glowering man, the central woman looks out at the viewer with a gaze that is at once weary and unflinching.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum on NYC.

Mural on Water Tower By STIK

STIK Water Tower
All Photos By Gail

I must not be looking up very often when I am in Union Square, because I just noticed the mural painted on a water tower at 127 Fourth Avenue at 13th Street, which is by the UK-based street artist STIK. Apparently, it’s been up there for two years already. Gee Wiz.

STIK Water Tower Distance

Gail’s Thanksgiving Top Ten!

I Am Thankful

Ten Things for Which I Today Give Thanks:

I am quite thankful that the Insane, Toothless Crack Whore who verbally harassed me on the bus yesterday all the way from Avenue C to Union Square did not actually kill me.

I am thankful for No Relationship Drama in my Life

I am thankful for Two Days Off from Work.

I am thankful to have a Fantastic Job to have two days off from.

I am thankful for the plentiful, cozy Warmth here in the Chickpad.

I am thankful for the delicious homemade Meat Sauce I will be sharing today with my great friend Geoffrey.

I am thankful for all of my other Great Friends besides Geoffrey.

I am thankful for having no Black Friday Shopping to do. Thank you, God!

I am thankful to have so much Wonderful Art to see and discover here in NYC!

I am thankful for all of my loyal Blog Readers!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! xo

Celebrate the life of Adam Yauch on MCA Day, May 19th 2012

MCA DAY AD

This event is going on today, May 19, 2012, in Union Square NYC. Festivities start at 11:00 AM so get your ass to Union Square if you are in the mood for a party!

Andy Warhol Monument in Union Square


The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt (Photograph By James Ewing)

Rob Pruitt’s really awesome Andy Warhol Monument statue has been up at the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway since March of this year. The statue stands just a few yards from one of two former addresses of Warhol’s (in)famous Factory Studio. During the time I’ve lived in NYC (23 or so years) that same location has housed two nightclubs (Area and the short-lived Palace De Beaute), a porn shop and a Petco, which is what it is now. You can visit the statue, and marvel at its shininess, until they take it down on October 2, 2011.

Come to a Pillow Fight

Pillow War!!
Looks like a bit of a “Pillow War” to Me

Is it just me, or does this Saturday’s Pillow Fight NYC to be held in Union Square look like a hundred potential personal injury lawsuits just waiting to happen?