Christopher Columbus: Up close and personal

Thanks to this blog I am always looking for something new and exciting to do. I often feel like I should write more about my “excited outbursts”, but that tends to take more time and often causes more anxiety, so I usually put it off and write about a play or a new exhibit instead. The problem is that I am constantly having to find something innovative and interesting to see and do…this often takes research, a few train tickets, lots of picture taking, and then the blog writing…. woah.

I just this second realized that if I sat down and wrote about panicking instead of researching, traveling, watching, and reviewing I’d probably save a lot of time… oh well.

Anyways, the good news is that I live in New York and there is always something new and fun to write about! This week a new art installation opened at Columbus Circle.

View of Columbus Circle from the Time Warner Building, pre-art installation
view of the art installation

Columbus Circle is a landmark on the Upper West Side, on the Southwest corner of Central Park. In the center of the circle is a 70-foot column with a 13-foot statue of Christopher Columbus on top. This statue is basically impossible to see next to the skyline. It most often looks like a silhouette. I only noticed it because I was reading a tour book that described it while I was sitting in the circle.

A famous Japanese artist, Tatzu Nishi, has come up with a plan to fix this viewing dilemma. Nishi is known for recreating our experience with well-known monuments and statues. His idea is to allow people to get up-close and personal with our environment and even change how we look at these famous memorials. The Christopher Columbus statue is his first public project in the U.S!

His installation, “Discovering Columbus”, puts the statue in the middle of a modern 800 square foot NY apartment. You can very easily get free tickets for a designated time, walk up 6 flights of stairs, and then find yourself in the middle of a fairly cozy air-conditioned New York apartment. There are comfy chairs, a long couch, large windows with incredible views, a flat-screen TV, and leisurely reading material.

A little conversation piece in the living room

view from one “living room” window
The wallpaper was covered in American icons.

The idea is to combine New York’s modern style with the historical monument. Visit it, relax in the living room, take it all in, and let your imagination run free in this surreal world. We loved the installation so much that we considered moving in permanently; it is twice as big as apartment after all.

Thanks for reading and keeping me motivated to get out there and explore the world! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!


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