Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stop and Smell The Roses

If the late winter snow and rain has you feeling blue, you’ll be in the pink just by taking a stroll along the New York City's Park Avenue mall from 57th to 67th Street!

Artist Will Ryman has created red and pink rose sculptures that take your eyes soaring up, along with your spirits.  
You can’t help but smile at the 25’ blooms that seem to have sprouted in the planting beds, like something out of Gulliver’s Travels. 

From cows to roses, The Sculpture Committee of the Fund for Park Avenue and the New York City Parks and Recreation Art Program have their finger on the pulse of public art displays to be enjoyed by all, with the few with big wallets buying the one-of-a-kind art to help fund programs.  This year more than 30 rose art sculptures are already spoken for.  Take that David Austin!

While a rose by another name may smell as sweet, these loooongg stemmed beauties are made of stainless steel and fiber glass resin.  
The artist Ryman is quoted as saying he hoped the rose art sculptures offer an escape to city dwellers and visitors.  
They do. 
They are transporting – taking you into a Dr. Sueissical, fantasy world, even if it’s just for the time it takes to cross the wide street.  
You may have to rub your eyes – this is New York, after all, where dreams are made and anything is possible.

So while a tree may grown in Brooklyn; roses are in bloom on Manhattan’s Park Avenue until May 31st.

The Rose Sculptures as reported by Culture reporter:

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