In New York: “Discovering Columbus”

October 13, 2012 By Mark Hurst 0 Comments

Here is Columbus Circle in Manhattan, where recently the statue of Christopher Columbus has been surrounded by scaffolding:

Inside the house-like structure up top is a fully furnished living room, with the statue appearing to stand on a coffee table:

This is Tatzu Nishi’s exhibit Discovering Columbus, put on by the Public Art Fund. A few free tickets are still available before the exhibition closes in mid-November. Spotlighting the experience of a fixture of New York life, the piece reminded me of Christo’s brilliant “Gates” from a few years back.

Bonus: the wallpaper in the room is full of kitsch Americana (that, presumably, trace their heritage back to Columbus):

See it, if you can.