on Park Avenue, that is! With snow still on the ground and more in the forecast, we definitely need playwright-turned-artist Will Ryman‘s floral fantasy to remind us that spring is just two months away. As you stroll down Park Avenue from 67th street to 57th street, you can’t help but marvel at the 38 giant red and pink roses and 20 rose petals (six of which are lawn chairs) which have been “planted” along the malls.
“The Roses” is a natural extension of Ryman’s last exhibit, “A New Beginning”, which featured an over-sized garden of flowers littered with trash. This time, the crumpled Doritos bag, empty coffee cups and cigarette butts are thankfully not present (due to the Big Apple’s anti-litter campaign) but the roses will be decorated with bugs the size of small dogs.
Inspired by the opening scene of David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet, Ryman wanted to make the roses enormous so that his audience, whether peering up at the blossoms from the street or admiring them from the heights of a 14th floor office, would have “totally different experiences.”
While the roses may seem delicate up close, they are actually handmade by the amazing artists at KB Projects of non-traditional materials like plaster, wire mesh, PVC tubes, fiberglass resin and automotive paint. And weighing in at 250 pounds each, these roses will certainly survive the next winter storm or two!
Needless to say, we will be stopping by and smelling the roses (one of our New Year’s resolutions!) the next time we’re in New York…