Thursday, May 20, 2010

To listen to the audio tour in English, please dial 212-901-3310 & press 8.

Manolo Vald├ęs' Regina II bronze at 103rd & Broadway. You can probably call the tour phone number while you look at this picture if it tickles you. The other 15 bronzes are on view at 59th street, 63rd, 72nd, 79th, 96th, 137th, 148th, 157th, & 166th.

That number, again, is 212-901-3310 ex. 8. Operators are standing by to give you a tour.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pan & Bear drinking fountain

In Morningside Park at 114th street, there's a bronze statue of Pan hiding from a bear with a drinking fountain oddly annexed to the right (not shown). The work is sculpted by Edgar Walter and is named The Alfred Lincoln Seligman Fountain in memory of Mr. Seligman, a banker, who died in a head-on car crash. None of this is written on the bronze, however.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carl Schurz Monument

Looking over Moriningside Park from the top of the grand staircase, a bronze of Carl Schurz by sculptor Karl Bitter keeps a watchful eye on Columbia students who might stray east after dark. My grandmother warned me not to go east of this park or even to go into the park at all. Fortunately, times have changed and so has the park and its reputation.

Carl Schurz (1829-1906) was a German-born Civil War general, U.S. senator, and secretary of the Interior for President Rutherford Hayes. Unfortunately, he is best remembered today for a single line in a speech opposing American actions in the Spanish-American War:

I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves … too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions, or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: "Our country, right or wrong!" They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions, and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right."

Monday, May 17, 2010

One day I'm going to skate the Guggenheim!

The Malevich gallery is a sweet sampling, though not a retrospective. I had three favorites in the Haunted show: Sally Mann's 3 photos based on negatives she found in the attic of her new home, Bernd and Hilla Becher's water towers, and Gillian Wearing's surprising self portrait at 3 years old.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Chef White grilling on 117th St

This guy has two Webber charcoal grills going under a pop-up tent with burgers, crab cakes, hot sausages, and dogs all day at 117th and Fredrick Douglas. They're grilled to perfection. I'll be back for more soon.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

...but I don't want any crackers.

This altar enframement is in a doorway at the Metropolitan Museum. It's surprising with all the traffic that his nose isn't rubbed off.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Central Park shadowed by giant cracker

O.k. Just kidding. This isn't V, but the clouds had just covered the tree tops and I thought it looked like my cracker was casting the shadow. The roof cafe at the Met has a great view of central park.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Starn Twins attract lightening

While exploring Mike & Doug's installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, we discovered a lightening rod on the sculpture. Seems there are engineers working with the brothers on this gigantic bamboo wave.
The installation is ongoing. They are still building. I'll try to get a pic of the wave when it's complete.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Damien Hirst's shark ate my cracker!

Take a bite out of art before it takes a bite of you!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mary Ross Art-O-Mat cracker

"Pewter magic from the Art-O-Mat in the Mary Ross! " from christrthousandmouths' Flickr photostream

Monday, May 10, 2010

Peter Coffin goat and cracker

At City Hall, near the amazing fountain with working gas lanterns, Peter Coffin is on exhibit until the end of this month. I'm keeping his goat fed while it's here.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day mom. Me & cracker.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone's mom, but especially to mine! This is our Conservatory Garden in full bloom. The crab apple blossoms have already come and gone, many of the irises are done, the dogwoods and magnolias are now a burst of green, but the tulips are having their run.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mark di Suvero and Cracker

I once worked on Wall Street, believe it or not. I was Dick Grasso's personal photographer. No kidding.

There are lots of great sculptures in the Financial District. Guys play backgammon and chess at lunch time under this Mark di Suvero sculpture.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Noguchi and cracker

At Liberty and Broadway in the Financial district, there's a giant cube -- and now a giant matching cracker! (A very temporary installation)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Yoram Wolberger and Cracker

The first Saturday of every month, Target picks up the tab for all of New York to visit the Brooklyn Museum. They have lots of live music, like a pop brass band and an 80s style synth band with live xylophone this month, and make it a huge event. They stay open to 11pm -- an extra 5 hours of art!

On the fifth floor, where all the young folks go, there was a Yoram Wolberger sculpture when we got off the elevator. He seemed to need a cracker.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NYC Resistor laser is great for cutting boxes!

I learned how to use the lazer at NYC Resistor to cut boxes this past Saturday. I received a treat in December in a small pizza box, and thought it could work well as a bracelet package. So, I set out to make a 5" version of that box. Now I can cut them with the lazer in 1.25 minutes! That's a lot faster than me cutting them by hand in about 10 minutes each. (I made about 20 of these boxes for Christmas so you can see that 25 minutes vs 3 and a half hours is a big savings. The phone is for scale.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Arto Bones on the way

Here I am signing the boxes for Art-O-Mat bones. Get yours at a machine near you! You can see some waxes of upcoming projects on my bench in the background.