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Wednesday, May 14, 2021

In a decided 180-degree from its previous display of Damien Hirst-arranged animal carcasses, Park Avenue’s Lever House is now hosting giant-sized sculptures of Hello Kitty characters.

Why? Because sculpture artist Tom Sachs considers the cutesy Japanese feline to be his pop-cultural muse, worthy of extensive bronze-working, topped with white-paint finishing.

I wandered into this public art display by chance this afternoon. I was heading toward Lexington and wasn’t even aware that I was on 53rd Street until I reached Lever and took a peek. It was a pleasantly jarring surprise to come upon a lunchtime scene festooned with these oversized white beasties. Some of them were working water fountains, which adds a whimsical touch to the overall scene.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/14/2008 09:51:17 PM
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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