Your Neighborhood at a Glance: Animals on Broadway
Have you visited Columbus Circle recently and noticed the enormous elephants? What about the gigantic kiwi bird at West 72nd Street? Or the four ostriches perched between 86th and 87th Street? If you continue walking up Broadway, all the way up to 168th Street, you will notice an entire zoo of animals dotting your path. What exactly is going on here?
Stretching from Columbus Circle all the way up to Mitchell Square Park is an awe-inspiring outdoor exhibition of sculptures made by internationally renowned artist, Peter Woytuk. Presented by the Broadway Mall Association, and in conjunction with the NYC Parks Department and The Morrison Gallery, the installments span a 5.5 mile stretch through the neighborhoods of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, Harlem and Washington Heights.
Woytuk’s sizable sculptures are eye-catching and thought provoking, they play with scale and color and pair the animals with inanimate objects, such as tools and fruit. For instance, at 67th Street there is a sculpture of a giant bear balancing himself on a large green apple, and at 96th Street sits a raven perched atop a large and dilapidated watering can. A full map of the outdoor exhibit can be found here. For those looking to learn more about the sculptures, there is a number to call (212-901-3310) that is offering a full cell-phone tour, complete with the artist’s own interpretation of his work.
We absolutely love this outdoor exhibit and can not help but to stop and ponder the artist’s sculptures as we walk along Broadway. Our personal favorites are the massive elephant pair found in Columbus Circle, which total an impressive 14,500 pounds, and the two graceful and majestic bulls that conclude the exhibit at Mitchell Square Park. They both make very fitting and profound bookends to this outdoor exhibit in New York City.
(Image Courtesy: artobserver.com)