[October 11 2012]
Japanese contemporary artist Tatzu Nishi, whose temporary work is known for transforming the public’s experience of urban monuments and statues, has taken over the 75 feet Christopher Columbus statue located in the center of Columbus Circle in New York since 1892. For this project, Nishi has built a fully furnished modern cozy living room with tv, bookshelves, wallpaper and couches around the 13-foot-tall statue. The relation between public and private space becomes blurry as viewers start feeling comfortable hanging around and having an intimate contact with the monumental public statue.
With the support of Public Art Fund, Discovering Columbus is on view until November 18th at Columbus Circle, New York.
Text and photo Alexis Dahan