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WTF: This “Art” Almost Gave Me A Heart Attack!

Submitted by on April 8, 2010 – 8:26 am4 Comments

So, I was casually strolling through Union Square in NYC, on my way back from lunch, when I saw this figure on the roof of our office building.

My heart skipped a beat, until I noticed the figure wasn’t moving at all. I really thought it was a dude about to jump to his death!  But I kept walking closer, ’cause it had me second guessing. With the blinding sun, it was hard to tell exactly who or what it was.

When I got back to the office, I immediately went to the roof to try and talk the poor soul out of his tragic demise.

Turns out it was only a work of art by British sculptor Antony Gormley.

Antony Gormley and his work

Apparently this sculpture, along with many others in NYC’s Flatiron district, has been on our roof for a few weeks now.

This makes me wonder, how many people are hitting up 911 with false alarms? And sure enough, the NYPD has expressed concern over this.

Was this sculpture really a good idea?

The 31 life-size figures, cast from the artist’s own body, are made of iron and fiberglass, complete with a penis.  They’re installed on sidewalks and paths in Madison Square Park, as well as on top of landmark buildings, including the Empire State Building.

“I want to play with the city and people’s perceptions,” Gormley said on the exhibit’s Web site. “My intention is to get the sculptures as close to the edge of the buildings as possible.”

Gormley first created the installation, entitled “Event Horizon,” for an exhibit in London, but brought the figures to New York as part of “Mad. Sq. Art,” an outdoor gallery presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, according to his site.

The exhibit officially open and will run through mid-August.

“We feel very confident that New Yorkers and others that are in the area will understand that these are sculptures,” said Sara Fitzmaurice, a spokeswoman for the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Well I have 20/20 vision, and I wasn’t so confident. Check out how they look at night—so creepy.

Do you think these sculptures are more hazard than art?

Should this art exhibit stay or go? Share your thoughts!

Source: 1010Wins, Event Horizon New York

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