nyc landmark becomes living room in the sky
This art project is in 70-
In 1892, the statue of Christopher Columbus stood at one of the city\'s most famous landmarks.
The project is the work of Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, who is building a contemporary living room around the statue of Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
When it opens
20, a free exhibition called Discovery Columbus, will allow visitors to climb the stairs to the living room for close viewing
Look up and see the rare views of the statue and the city and adjacent Central Park.
Photo: First look at \"Discover Columbus\" and this is the first time any of us have a chance to actually face --to-
In the face of this stunning statue, \"said Nicholas Baum, director and chief curator of the non-profit Public Art Fund that commissioned the work, who told\" Good Morning America \"when he first saw it in the living room \".
\"Discover Columbus\" is the first public art project of Sishi in the United States,
Artists based around the world are known for transforming landmark monuments into living spaces.
In Singapore, he turned the famous fishtail lion fountain into one --of-a-
In Britain, to celebrate 2002 Liverpool Biennale, a temporary hotel was created around the statue of Queen Victoria.
The statue of Columbus was designed by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo to commemorate the 400 th anniversary of Columbus\'s first American voyage.
As a new body of art, the statue living area provided by Bloomingdale includes all normal decorations such as lights, coffee tables, sofas and even TV.
Furniture is a wallpaper designed by Nishi itself, featuring American pop culture.
\"It\'s so creative,\" said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg . \".
\"I never thought about it, but it made the statue so close and so personal.
\"The exhibition will continue to be open to the public by November. 18.
Free pass can be obtained through www. publicartfund. org.