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NYCity Sculptures

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Art

In a recent NY Daily News online survey the public had a chance to vote on their favorite NYC public sculpture.  According to the online poll, Robert Indiana’s iconic “Love” sculpture took home the crown.  While this statue personally screams Philidelphia, (they have the same sculpture in Love Park (official name: JFK Plaza)  located in Center City, Philadelphia.) it seems that New York is sticking to a heartwarming theme.  Here are the results from the poll:

1.  LOVE 55th St. and Sixth Ave
All we need is – LOVE. Robert Indiana’s iconic midtown sculpture has become a celebrated symbol of the Pop Art movement and the striking photogenic quality of these four letters, stacked two by two, makes it the best in New York.
The design, easily recognized by its slanted letter O and bright red colors, was originally made as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art, but then installed as a 12-foot steel sculpture in 1971. Why is it so recognizable? As a postage stamp, the LOVE design has earned more than $25 million for the U.S. Postal Service.
But what makes the statue great is that any New Yorker can relate to it. Love is not a historical figure, a culturally sensitive symbol or fictional character. It is something that both children and adults inherently understand, something simple, something beautiful. Plus, it doubles as a jungle gym for kids who want to climb between the O and the E.

2. The Wall Street Bull  Bowling Green Park; Broadway and Whitehall St.
Now a distinctly New York symbol of financial optimism, the Wall Street Bull was initially a piece of guerrilla art. Designer Arturo Di Modica installed the 7,100-pound bronze sculpture in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 without the city’s permission, but when the Department of Parks and Recreation removed it, there was such an outcry that the bull was reinstalled at its current location. It still maintains a temporary permit to graze on city property.

3. The Tortoise and the Hare Van Cortlandt Park; 6087 Broadway
Sitting near the finish line of the cross-country track at Van Cortlandt Park, the Tortoise and the Hare statue is a favorite of runners and kids alike. The statue was designed by Michael Browne with Stuart Smith and created in 1997. It’s based on Aesop’s fable in which a slow tortoise outruns a fleet-footed but overconfident rabbit. An inscription on the side of the statue reads “Slow and steady wins the race.”
Feel free to provide sculptures that should have made the list………


New York City meet Ron English.  As far as art goes, English is on the forefront of pushing the envelope.  His many works can be seen in museums and also on display at various art exhibits throughout the city.

While Ron does create art for indoor display, English’s M. O. is pirating billboard space by posting his own hand-painted designs over the existing ads. Ron has created his own anti-ad campaigns in Texas, New York and New Jersey. Camel’s “Old Joe” has often found himself replaced with ‘The Cancer Kids” , while those lovable “Kool” characters have found themselves “Forever Kool”, six feet under. In addition to these works of anti-advertising , billboards comment and reflect upon current events and social conditions, some are just fun and or carry personal messages without overt social commentary.

Evicting corporate mascots from their top dollar billboards is frowned upon by their sponsors and by the law enforcement establishment, so Ron is careful to do his dirty work under the cover of daylight. If he were spotted working at night it would be obvious he was engaged in illegal activity. On the other hand, when Ron and his cohorts work by the light of day, they appear, like Coke, to be the real thing.

View Ron’s Controversial Billboards Here!