Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in the 1492. Now it’s your turn to discover him back.
A 13-food tall statue of Signore Columbus has been sitting atop a 75-foot granite column in the center of Columbus Circle since 1892 and though it’s in one of the most prominent spots in the city the statue itself is not well known, barely glimpsed as cars, cyclists and tourists hurry by.
Cue artist Tatzu Nishi:
Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan. Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. 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.
For more information or to reserve your free pass, visit the website of Public Art Fund.
Thank you to Dan Allen for providing his insights and this great photograph.
It’s not every day that you get to sit in a comfy living room and enjoy a close-up view of a