Art Flourishing in Prominent NYC Locations
When you think of New York, what comes to mind? Tall buildings? Maybe. Businessmen and businesswomen? It’s possible. A piece of art? Most likely.
Ever since the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, it’s become one of, if not the most, recognizable icons in New York. Art has always been prevalent in this city but over the past couple of months, it’s gotten a ton of attention in prominent locations.
The Fearless Girl Statue
Over two months ago, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) planted the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue in Downtown Manhattan where it instantly became the hot topic at the water cooler.
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Some loved it for what it means to women in the business world and some disliked it for how it portrayed the ‘Charging Bull’. Little girls took pictures with her, Trump supporters donated “Make America Great Again” hats, the ‘Charging Bull’ creator has considered filing a law suit against SSgA and California has produced a knockoff.
The little girl has been nothing short of controversial in her short time in NYC. Originally a temporary statue for International Women’s Day, the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue will remain at Bowling Green until February 2018 thanks to the Department of Transportation’s art program.
King of NY Biggie Mural
One of the most legendary rappers in history, Biggie was, and still continues to be, loved by New Yorkers everywhere.
A mural created in 2015 on a Bed-Stuy building was devoted to The Notorious B.I.G. but was in danger of being torn down recently. The landlord of the building was going to widen the windows of his property to increase revenue while damaging the mural in the process. Word spread in a New York minute of his plans and rappers/organizations like T.I. & the Brooklyn Nets spoke out against the construction but the real saviors were the people at Spread Art NYC.
Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui of Spread Art NYC lead the movement and came to an agreement with the landlord to save the mural. In an Instagram post, he announced that the mural was safe and that they received support from both the Mayor’s and congressman Jeffries offices.
Enjoying the theme of public art so far? Us too, here’s one more.
Artist Jeff Koons unveiled the ‘Seated Ballerina’ on May 12th at Rockefeller Center which will be on display until June 2nd. Koons said the sculpture was created to “bring awareness to May being International Missing Children’s Month.” According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 800,000 children are reported as missing every year in the United States alone.
Koons’s third project to be displayed at Rockefeller Center, the ‘Seated Ballerina’ communicates hope and optimism to everyone. While this sculpture doesn’t have as much controversy as the previous two, we love what it stands for.
Public art seems to be becoming more common and accepted in New York City. Comment below with your thoughts on whether or not it’s good for our city.