A giant African elephant lurks in the shrubbery of the United Nations sculpture garden. The 11-foot tall, 7,000-pound bronze sculpture was a gift from Kenya, Namibia and Nepal to the UN and was created by a Bulgarian sculptor known as Mihail by casting a tranquilized wild elephant on a Kenyan ranch.
It is exactly twelve years ago we had ”The Gates,” by conceptual artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s, consisting of an installation of 7,500 saffron-colored fabric panels hanging from 16-ft.-tall portals along 23 miles of walkway in Central Park.
Another scorcher today and too hot to think about taking pictures, so here is one from my archive from 2013 in Central Park, illustrating “the dog days of summer” “a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence”, although this curious little dog seems ready to go after something.
Costumes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” from the 1997 Salzburg Festival production, designed by Achim Freyer, on exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, New York City.
“Air Pressure”, a kinetic sculptural installation created by the Toronto-based artist collective Studio F Minus. It consists of over 175 animated fabric forms in the shape of birds. In order to create the naturalistic effect of flying, the wings of each bird move independently in a flapping motion, responding to internal air pressure fluctuations, inflating and deflating by electronic timers switching fans on and off inside each bird; Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.
The Greek hero Herakles watches the modern young ladies with bemusement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Roman, Imperial period, 1st century A.D. Copy of a Greek statue of the second half of the 4th century B.C. attributed to Lysippos.)
Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery creating a Mandala Sand Painting by pouring millions of grains of colored sand from traditional funnels called Chakpur. The finished Mandala will be approximately 5 x 5 feet in size and will take three to five days to finish – April 4-9, 2016 at the Wintergarden, Battery Park City.
“The Golden Mean” by Carole A. Feuerman. This monumental sculpture is an icon for the strength and resilience of the human spirit, for achieving the impossible, and for the struggle of survival. It is part of a series of swimmers and bathers Feuerman began working on in the late 1970’s.