I was walking South on Park Avenue on this gloomy day when I came across this sculpture in the median. I researched about this sculpture and others by the same artist which are installed on Park Avenue. Here is the information from glenwoodnyc.com
The ten Rafael Barrios optical illusion sculptures are located on the Park Avenue mall, standing at various intersections between East 51st Street (and the Waldorf Astoria) and East 67th Street (and the Park Avenue Armory). The Rafael Barrios sculptures will be on view until June 30.
For about a month now the great Venezuelan sculptor Rafael Barrios has been messing with people's minds in the heart of Manhattan with his series of ingenious, geometric pieces that are, basically, 20-foot-high optical illusions. Right in center of Park Avenue! The city has had a terrific run of interesting, unexpected public art projects (most everything in Madison Square Park; the Mark di Suvero exhibition on Governors Island last summer; Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado, the tire-tower across from the Plaza at the entrance to Central Park), but this just may be the coolest of them all.
There are ten Rafael Barrios's Park Avenue sculptures in all, each massive mind-blower standing on the mall (or, as we used to call it, the "median"), in between the north- and south-bound traffic. Made of stainless steel, weighing in at some 2,200 pounds, and often, though not always, brightly colored, these are some of the best, most convincing real-life eye-trickery we've seen in a while. Of course, all sculptures change as you move around them–in some respect that's the whole point of the medium, the differing perspectives–but these works by Rafael Barrios take the concept to the extreme.
When viewed head on, as you're riding by on a bicycle or in cab, or standing there waiting for the light to change, Rafael Barrios's sculptures seem like impossibly precarious stacks of various geometric shapes, almost as if they're floating above Park Avenue. And the boxes, or diamonds, or whatever, appear to change in size and depth as you stroll or zoom past. But then, most amazing, when you see from the side, these huge works are really only about a quarter of inch thick (see below). In fact, they virtually disappear! Pretty awesome.
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jacquest (18227) 2012-05-05 4:50
Indeed, as per your note, the sculpture seems very precarious or about to fall. It also looks like it's been "added" in the image, which is not the case. Nice find and very well done image with sharp details.
Have a great day
Sergiom (55247) 2012-05-05 5:15
Je crois qu'un petit redressement de l'image serait utile, à tout le moins pour la perspective de l'ensemble. Mais j'aime bien l'oeuvre d'art.
Miguel82 (20888) 2012-05-05 5:54
An original purple sclupture
Excellent sharpness, fine colors and pov
pajaran (48909) 2012-05-05 10:20
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i skulpturi, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Umetnici stvaraju a mi uzivamo u njihovim delima.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good article on the site and sculpture, with the given data ...
Good shot, sharpness, contrast and display of beautiful colors.
Good work with beautiful photography workshop.
Artists create and we are enjoying their work.
Have a nice day of rest, all the best for the weekend.
saxo042 (36918) 2012-05-05 10:30
A very pleasant street scene with many small details that provide colours. The artwork is of course dominating the view, but I find interest also in the smaller details around.
marcan44 (6223) 2012-05-05 11:16
bella documentazione di questa scultura che crea un 'illusione ottica e complimenti anche allo scultore.
Le figure geometriche sembrano sospese nel vuoto creando un effetto speciale.
Have a nice evening
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-05 11:53
what an interesting spectacle, this is a superb photo of this sculpture, the POV is very attractive, great street shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
mesutilgim (80534) 2012-05-05 15:47
Nice capture from NY.
The modern sculpture with it's bright purple color creates a nice graphical effect.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ikeharel (52993) 2012-05-06 1:47
The purple modern satatue really makes this corner unique, lakshmi, otherwise it would have been only yet another corner in town...
Nice taken POV over, as I was looking on the carving of stone under the first floor windows.
Enjoy a nice sunday,
sacimar (25975) 2012-05-06 4:40
interesting and eye catching statue, I like its color, it's a good way to decorate a city, it's an interesting art of work,
josepmarin (57575) 2012-05-06 4:44
this sculpture in an urban temporary exhibition, with its vivid color, creates a strong visual effect in the middle of Park Avenue, in this dynamic scene that you have caught with a good graphical efficiency.
A nice mixture of architecture and sculpture, in a good artistic composition.
jhm (135758) 2012-05-06 4:47
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Nice quality image with the specially artwork in foreground..
A excellent cityscape.
Perspective and depth are pleasant.
Composition and presentation are nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-06 5:06
Very nice capture of this building while your walk.Perfect architecural details and very nice lightning.Very useful text with details.
Have a nice day
Silvio1953 (116809) 2012-05-06 9:49
Ciao Lakshmi, great view of interesting sculpture, lovely composition, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful pastel colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Nicou (117230) 2012-05-06 11:42
sueprbe statue toute violette dans cette rue quelc adrage et compo quelle couleur merveileluse iamge et cpatage fantastique.
bravo et amitié
carlo62 (28333) 2012-05-06 14:49
la scultura è molto interessante e particolare, inserita in un contesto metropolitano che tu hai ben fotografato, facendo vedere la vita che si muove intorno.
jmdias (52918) 2012-05-17 16:21
impressive sculpture. looks like a drawing made in your photo, not a real object. I liked these details in the façade ahead too. nice job with good light and sharpness.