Discovering Columbus

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Spectacular art installation in New York

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Columbus Circle is one of New York’s best-known sites, though only pigeons have so far seen the 22-metre statue there up-close.

But a Japanese artist has built the statue of Christopher Columbus in a living room, which allows visitors to see the explorer who “discovered” America for the first time.

For 120 years, the marble sculpture of Columbus has stood lonely on its 18-metre column in Manhattan. From below, through the smog of such a heavy traffic spot, the 15th century explorer was hard to see and at best seemed remote and tiny.

Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has let Columbus, in his full, 4-metre-tall marble magnificence, stand directly on the coffee table, amid newspapers and decorative trinkets.

The installation has been open for the past fortnight.

“Finally we will have the chance to get a close-up of a statue that none of us have ever seen face-to-face,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Nishi has printed images of Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and hot dogs on the wall paper of the room.DPA



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