10 July 2008
Chris Burden's WHAT MY DAD GAVE ME

In case you missed it, Chris Burden's WHAT MY DAD GAVE ME -- a 65 foot tall sculpture in the shape of a skyscraper made from parts of an Erector set -- currently towers over Rockefeller Center.

Says the artist: "I have always wanted to build a model skyscraper using Erector parts. The model skyscraper, built from a toy and 65 feet in height, takes on the dimensions of a full sized building. The circle of actual buildings inspiring a toy in 1909, which is then used to build a model skyscraper the size of an actual building in 2008, is a beautiful metamorphosis."

The Art Production Fund, who are producing Burden's work, are the same folks behind the current Olafur Eliasson Waterfalls project currently on view along the East River.

Make sure to checkout this page on Thirteen/WNET New York's website. There's videos on the Waterfalls, WHAT MY FATHER GAVE ME, and a map of public art works in the city this summer, including James Yamada's Our Starry Night, which I just found out about by clicking on the link.

"Our Starry Night is currently on view at Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street. Built from powder coated aluminum and punctuated with 1,900 colored LED lights, Our Starry Night is a 12-foot-tall sculpture that acts as an interactive passageway to Central Park. As visitors to the park walk through the sculpture at all hours of the day and night, it will illuminate in response to each person individually."

So much art, so little time.

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