Thursday, April 28, 2011


The balmy weather yesterday had me taking to the streets.  While walking down Fifth Ave. towards Madison Square Park (23rd & Fifth) I saw a huge cherry picker erecting an enormous sculpture of a young girl's face. The scene was truly surreal.  A small crowd had gathered around "Echo" a striking 44 ft. fiberglass sculpture by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The ethereal face was inspired by both a real nine year old girl and the Greek nymph Echo. According to the artist, the monolith is intended as “a mirror in which people can see themselves.” Nestled among the blooming spring trees and skyscrapers "Echo" is radiant.

I've become fond of these outdoor installations popping up around the city-their presence adds an unexpected excitement to the city streets and parks. Just last week I came face to face with a giant Teddy Bear perched outside the  Seagram building on 52nd Street. The sculpture, by New York-based Swiss artist Urs Fischer, is called Untitled (Lamp/Bear), and Christie's will auction it off in May. He's cute enough to take home!


Al said...

That "Echo" sculpture is spectacular! I will have to make sure I don't miss seeing that one in person. Thanks for the post. Check out my blog when you have a moment. Would love for you to be my newest follower :)

Stephanie said...

wow! I was in the other day and almost went down there but was done in by new shoes. I'll have to make a trip next time I'm in the city.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I agree the Echo statue is magnificent. What a thrill to be there seeing it being installed. I hope you had a good Easter day? Wishing you a great weekend ahead HH!

Cheers! Deb

pretty pink tulips said...

I love the outdoor art installments in nyc. And, always fun to stumble upon them when you least expect it!!!

quintessence said...

I love the Echo statue as well.What an incredible statement!! I'm so looking forward to seeing it in person!

Style Attic said...

As always, I am loving your walks and talks! XO, Kelly

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