It’s been some time since I’ve posted a Gallery Mondays (sorry!) but I’m back with one this week and I’ll try to be better at posting these more than just once a month.
For this Gallery Mondays we have the amazing 31-foot tall “Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly. I heard about this sculpture being in Union Square since October 2017, and I had seen it once from very far away at night. However, I didn’t take a photo of it because my phone camera wasn’t capturing it well enough. When I went back to Union Square a few months later, I couldn’t find it! It took me a whole eight months after the first time I saw it to find it again. In June, I went to see Oceans 8, and as I walked toward Regal Union Square Stadium 14 I saw the sculpture and snapped a pic right away.
What I love most about Chihuly’s work is the vibrant colors he uses, and this sculpture is no exception. “Rose Crystal Tower” is made of purple-ish “polyvitro” crystals that look more pink at night when lit up. It reminds me of a piece of rock candy!
This sculpture will be at Union Square until the end of October, so go check it out if you’re nearby!
I had some more internet troubles after my last post, so I wasn’t able to blog for a little while, but now I’m back with a long awaited Gallery Mondays!
I saw this piece a few months back while running for the M5 bus near Grand Army Plaza on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The vibrant colors caught my eye, and ever though I couldn’t tell exactly what the sculpture was, I knew it would be worth stopping (and almost missing my bus) for.
Called Wind Sculpture (SG) I, the sculpture was made by Nigerian- British artist Yinka Shonibare. It features an intricate shape, meant to resemble African fabric blowing in the wind. The fiberglass sculpture stands quite tall at Grand Army Plaza, and its vibrant colors make it very hard to miss.
When I first saw the sculpture, I thought it was a giraffe dancing on one leg. Maybe it was the height, or perhaps the orange color?
Either way, if you’re around the Central Park East area, definitely check this sculpture out. It’s on view until October 14, 2018!
Learn more about Wind Sculpture (SG) I.
Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, so I figured it would be fitting to have some couple-themed art on this week’s Gallery Mondays.
I saw this lovely ancient Roman sculpture of a reclining couple on Museum Mile Day last year while visiting the Met Museum on 5th Avenue in NYC. The sculpture is from the Severan period (specifically 220 AD). I actually went back to the Met this weekend but the section of the museum where this piece is exhibited is roped off, so you can’t get too close to it anymore.
Made of marble, the couple, who are supposed to symbolize water and earth, rests on a sarcophagus lid. The face of the woman is said to have not been finish because her husband died before her.
When I first saw this, I thought that this was basically the ancient version of Netflix and chill. Like, come on. Tell me that pose isn’t similar to the way couples rest on the couch or bed for a Netflix session.
The Met has plenty more romantic sculptures like this one, so if you’re looking for a date idea that isn’t Netflix and chill, you should totally head there for a day at the museum with your boo!
You can still enjoy a your Netflix and chill after you get back home, though 😉
Learn more about the sculpture here.
I’ve been to the Babylon Library a handful of times while back home in Long Island, but I’ve never stopped to take a proper photo of this sculpture in front of the building.
Called “Sea Dream” the sculpture was created by Peggy Mach and donated to the Village of Babylon in 1983. In it, a boy sits barefoot on a ledge with a book in his lap, staring out into the void.
I love how blissful the look on his face is. He must be having a wonderful day dream about whatever book he’s reading.
Speaking of, what book is he reading? The scrawls on the book cover aren’t really legible.
I guess I’ll never know.
A couple of weeks ago, I walked past Chelsea Guitars and saw this awesome sculpture of a woman sitting outside the shop with a mini guitar in hand.
It took me a while to realize this woman is Marilyn Monroe. Boy, I’m slow sometimes!
Marilyn Monoe is wearing her infamous white dress from Seven Year Itch, the top of which is covered with one of the Chelsea Guitars Coat of Arms tee shits. So clever.
I’m not a guitar player, but I would have totally went inside if I were. Chelsea Guitars seems like a really cool shop!
Check out Chelsea Guitars online!
Today we remember heroes like Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell.
I saw this sculpture of him at the Chantilly, VA Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in July last year. I think I was drawn to it because of the brigadier’s stance. He appears so poised and confident.
Born in France to a wealthy Wisconsin family, Billy Mitchell fought in World War I and was a huge advocate of military aviation. At the museum, he stands next to his Spad XVI.
It took me about two hours to figure out that this was a sculpture of Billy Mitchell because I took this photo at an angle that made the info display card wording blurry.
Bravo photography skills, Dana!
Anyway, I’m glad I took the time to investigate.
However, I’m still not entirely sure who created this sculpture, but it looks a lot like the Brigadier William Mitchell Memorial by Jerry McKenna in Colorado.
It seems I’ve got some more Google stalking to do.
Happy Memorial Day everyone, and if you’re near the Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia or DC you should totally check out the amazing aircraft on display!
I walked passed Shindo USA in the Garment District of NYC today, and I came across this amazing fox by Ribbonesia made out of ribbon.
I can’t imagine how much patience it takes to make something like this, but it’s gorgeous!
I’m not sure if Shindo USA added the green tie to this fox, but it surely is a nice touch.
Ribbonesia is an artist duo that specializes in making cool ribbon art. See more of their work on Instagram!
Last week, I visited the Rubin Museum downtown with Niketa during K2 Lounge Fridays. It was too cool!
I waited for Niketa in the museum’s gift shop, where I ended up acquiring some new post cards for my walls. When she arrived she bought a bracelet and fragrant soap.
After our little shopping spree, we sat down at K2 Lounge and decided to order spicy lamb meatballs and two glasses of Riesling wine. I’d never had lamb before but I actually really liked it.
Meanwhile, DJ Shishi was at the turn table spinning what one visitor claimed to be “remixes of popular Indian music.” He also played some Darius and AlunaGeorge.
In the galleries we discovered these amazing copper sculptures of Buddhist deities. No matter which floor we wound up on, I was drawn to each depiction of Tara in the exhibits. There was just something about her.
The photo of Tara above was made of gilt copper alloy in Nepal. She’s got amazing posture, doesn’t she?
I totally recommend you go see Tara at the Rubin Museum on K2 Lounge Fridays. Admission is free!
I just had a housewarming party on Friday, so I’m out of wine, and this week’s Gallery Mondays is reminding me I have to go by some more!
Anyway, I saw this really cool wine bottle one day while sitting at Pier 96 in NYC. It’s called Private Passage, and it was created by Malcolm Cochran.
I’m kind of upset now, because I just did some research on the bottle and realized the inside of it is a replica of an interior stateroom on the ocean liner Queen Mary. AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHILE I WAS THERE SO I DIDN’T LOOK THROUGH ANY OF THE HOLES TO SEE IT.
I’ll probably go back soon because clearly I have some unfinished business with that wine bottle.
Learn more about the sculpture here.
Back in September 2015, I was walking along 9th Ave in Midtown when I saw this gorgeous goddess outside of Casa di Isacco.
I’d passed by the restaurant a couple of times, but I never realized there was a sculpture sitting in that sidewalk vineyard. The sculpture looks like a depiction of Greek/Roman goddess Hebe/Juventus, but I’m not entirely sure.
Doesn’t this photo make you wish it was still autumn in NYC? Gosh, this snow needs to melt. STAT.
Learn more about the goddess Hebe on Wikipedia.