On Thursday, Tatzu Nishi’s first pubic project in the United States opened. Discovering Columbus is a living room 70 feet in the air built around the 13 foot high statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
Nicholas Baume, the Director and Chief Curator of the Public Art Fund describes the exhibition: “Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead.”
I was on line at 10 am Thursday morning to have a look. I had the pleasure of meeting the artist, Tatzu Nishi and got to hear him speak a bit about the work. When asked why the statue of Christopher Columbus, he said that it was not about Columbus per se, it was about the location and that height was important to his work.
Great fun to explore the living room Nishi created.
The perspective is quite spectacular.
The statue was created in 1892.
Tatzu Nishi designed the pink and gold wallpaper, drawing iconic images of his view of America—Marilyn, Elvis, Dr. King, Empire State Building…
Definitely worth the climb!