Monday, October 9, 2017

'Crystal' days in Union Square

[Photo looking west via @UnionSquareNY]

In case you didn't already see this... back on Friday, the NYC Parks Department and the Union Square Partnership, in partnership with Marlborough Gallery, unveiled sculptor Dale Chihuly's Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square Park (in the southeast corner).

Here's more via the Parks Department website:

The Rose Crystal Tower stands 31-feet tall and is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel. Polyvitrois the artist’s term for a plastic material which he casts into individual chunks which resemble glass, but are lighter and more resilient. Chihuly used Polyvitro crystals in the artist’s landmark exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.

The tower is part of the 50th anniversary of the Parks Department's Art in the Parks program.

And here's another angle from Friday (photo by Liz Ligon for Union Square Partnership) to get a feel for where this thing is ...

The piece will be on display through October 2018.

You can read more about it at Town & Village.


Anonymous said...

Wait, it's *not* rock candy?

Tom Stir said...

Wow it’s F-U-G-L-Y....!

Anonymous said...

This sculpture reminds me of bird feeders, actually not the sculpture but the base with its wide upper platform. A couple of years ago I was looking into purchasing a bird feeder but was concerned about squirrels getting access to what was intended for the song birds behind my building. I discovered that is nearly impossible to keep the critters at bay. Many of the designs I looked at had a similar barrier which was suppose to make the access the feed impossible. Let's see if vandals are smarter than squirrels.