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5.06.2010

Outdoor New York City (part II)


Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Today is a beautiful and sunny day, the perfect day for a little promenade! So if by any chance you decided to go out this afternoon, I would like to advice you and give you some nice spots to discover. Here we go, this is the second part of "Outdoor New York City".

Start your promenade in Midtown East and go directly to the United Nations Headquarters. You will see this enormous bronze of a 45-calibre gun whose the barrel is tied. This twisted gun is exposed on display of the United Nations sculpture garden, next to the Visitors's Plaza. Made by Karl Fredrik Reutersward and given by the Government of Luxembourg, this sculpture, which symbolizes the nonviolence, is a part of the UN Human 2000 Peace Initiative.  

In 1996, Italy gave such a beautiful gift to the United Nations: "Sphere within Sphere", a bronze sculpture of a diameter of 3.30 meters made by Arnaldo Pomodoro, an Italian sculptor specialized in the casting of gigantic volumes. This sculpture represents  a reflexion about the difficulties of the modern world and it symbolized by the fractured surface of the outer sphere which reveals the inner one. There are several versions of this sculpture: in the Vatican Museums, Trinity College in Dulin, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. ...

In the same area, on Park Avenue Malls between 52nd and 53th streets, you can see several sculptures made by Mia Westerlund Roosen, an American artist who explores voluminous curves, palpable surfaces and the sensual body. She used lead, encaustic, and textiles to study genre identity until her practice matured. Concrete stucco is now her favorite medium, it allows her to create molded pieces that retain a sense of vulnerability despite their significant corporal mass. Unfortunately her sculptures will be exposed until the end of august.

End of the cultural part, it's time to drink a little glass of wine... Go to Benoit, a French restaurant, on 55th street between 5th and 6th!

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