Saturday, November 10, 2012

christopher columbus according to tatzu nishi at columbus circle


last evening I climbed a scaffold to the top of the monumental statue of christopher columbus at columbus circle in manhattan. the view was a bit heady.
the artist tatzu nishi came up with the brilliant idea of building a room around the columbus figure so visitors could hang out with him in a casual atmosphere, much like a livingroom. he designed custom wallpaper reflecting american culture especially for the room.


everyone seemed to feel at home taking many photos, filming everyone and everything, flipping through magazines at a side table, posing in front of columbus in the same position as if they themselves were impersonating him. it was wild. when I started to tell my husband I didn't know which was more interesting, the statue or...he completed my sentence saying...the people looking at the statue. it quickly became obvious tatzu nishi knew what he was doing.





























below is a photograph of some of what mr. columbus looks at every day, day in and day out. 

more on columbus tomorrow.

View-from-the-top-of-Columbus-Circle-Manhattan


7 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

This is wonderful, Lily! That wallpaper is beautifully designed ~ all those close-up details are shaped to give the impression of an overall pattern at a distance. This spot will be a 'must-see' with you and Alexa when I make it to NY someday.

Manu Tyagi said...

nice

Daryl said...

You were so close to where i live ... i haven't gone to visit Columbus in his aerie .. but the view of him, the Circle, the Park and the amazing perspective from Robert (the restaurant in the Museum of Art & Design) is one i have enjoyed many times ...

Thérèse said...

The wallpaper is pretty neat! What a good idea!

Alexa said...

Thanks for posting this! I've been trying to get over there—Tatzu Nishi is brilliant.

Paz said...

On my way from the dentist, I passed by. Been meaning to go inside but never have time. Glad to see your photos.

Bibi said...

What a great idea! Thanks for these photos.