If Christopher Columbus were alive and just as famous today as he was when he discovered the new world, what would his Manhattan pied-à-terre look like? Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi will show you. The landmark 13 ft. tall statue of CC stands atop a 62 ft. pedestal and overlooks Central Park and the circle that shares his name. Now open to the public, Nishi invites passersby to step into what he believes could pass as Columbus’ luxury condo. (Aren’t all condos luxury, these days? Shouldn’t they make it one word already, luxurycondo?) With the construction of a six-story façade and stairs leading up to the explorer’s likeness (standing hands on hip, as if impatiently waiting for the uptown bus), guests may feel as if they just walked into Columbus’ fully furnished, modern living room. Great views of the park, near all the subways and fancy restaurants and theatres – and the rent is free (this exhibition is supported by the Public Art Fund). Columbus still knows a good real estate deal when he sees one.
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