We’ll leave the interpreting and the reviewing to you…whether you’re an art person or not, New York’s art scene is a great reason to get out of the borough and/or out in the sun!
The WTC Sphere at Battery Park
Battery Park, near Castle Clinton
Originally titled “The Great Spherical Caryatid” by the German sculptor Fritz Koenig, this large metallic sculpture was nicknamed “The Sphere”. It once stood in the middle of the plaza between the World Trade Center Towers before they fell. Somehow, the fragile globe survived. It now stands as a monument and survivor of the September 11th attacks. The artist, who originally opposed The Sphere’s use as a memorial, now embraces it: "It now has a different beauty, one I could never imagine. It has its own life – different from the one I gave to it."
While you’re down there, check out the famous Charging Bull at Broadway and Morris Streets or any of a dozen other Memorials and Monuments in Battery Park.
Hudson River Park, George Sherwood's Kinetic Waves and Sculptures
Hudson River between Charles and Horatio Sts.
As I walked down Hudson River Park one day, I approached George Sherwood’s “The Memory Of Water” without my sunglasses on. While I watched other bewildered passersby walk around the silver globe as its mirrors rotated in the sunlight, I decided sunglasses were advisable. Just two blocks up people were sunbathing beneath “Wave Cloud”, a tall, dynamic sculpture that looks like a thousand sailboats dancing against the sky from below. You have to see them move to note how they seem to subtly interact with the wind, water and people around them. The show includes a total of 6 kinetic sculptures that you can find along the West Village section of Hudson River Park, between Charles and Horatio Streets.
(Insider Tip: A TON of other cultural activities take place along the river every night. See your concierge for details on what’s going on today).
Marlborough Gallery 57th Street
Outdoor Public Art
40 W. 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave
Jeffrey Koons is getting a lot of attention these days, with his splashy retrospective at The Whitney and outdoor art exhibit at Rockefeller Center. But few contemporary artists have had a larger impact on Manhattan public spaces than Tom Otterness – with his exhibits literally popping up everywhere over the last two decades. I happened upon some Otterness just one block from The Viceroy, where they’ve curated a small public outdoor exhibit. See his whimsical - but very political – “Life Underground (2004)” in the subway station below 14th Street and 8th Avenue on my way to work. If you’ve got the kids with you, take ‘em on a scavenger hunt of outdoor works…to include The Otterness Playground at The Silver Towers (2010).
Marlborough Gallery is one of the world’s leading modern and contemporary galleries, with offices worldwide…and they present outdoor art installations all over the city. With some help from our friends at Marlborough Gallery, we have a list for you of other contemporary sculptures dotting the Manhattan cityscape.
(Insider Tip: Grab a drink at Nobu 57 right next door to Marlborough Gallery…OR Betony, just across the street).
Full-time New York City resident and part-time professional actor since 2000. Breaks in his acting career allowed opportunities to fall in love with New York’s restaurant, bar, fitness and hotel scenes. Dana now has 4 years of hotel concierge experience, opening Viceroy New York in 2013 after working with guests at another midtown hotel. Dana strives to keep up with the ever-changing New York theater scene and is proud to give guests the whole truth – good or bad -- about Broadway theater.