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Art: Installation

Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus


Sep 20, 2012 – Dec 2, 2012



Columbus Circle

59 St Columbus Circle

Directions: Southwest entrance to Central Park, W 59th St and Central Park West




Ever wonder what it might be like to be in the same room as Christopher Columbus? The Public Art Fund has commissioned a project that lets you do just that, sort of. Conceived by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, Discovering Columbus puts Gaetano Russo's Columbus Circle-dwelling statue inside a living room, 70-feet above street level. Nishi, who has worked under a variety of names, including Tatzu Oozu, Tatsuro Niscino, and Tatsurou Bashi, has a fascination with transforming traditional monuments into contemporary art. Other examples of his work being the Merlion Hotel at the Singapore Biennale and Hotel Gent. For Discovering Columbus, Nishi's first installation in the United States, you not only get an up-close look at the 120-year-old statue, but you also have the chance to see Central Park from Columbus' perspective. It's a bit of a disorienting experience, but worth the six-flight stair climb. Admission is free, but passes, which you can get at the Public Art Fund website, are required.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill