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Will Ryman Loves Roses!

Will Ryman Loves Roses!

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.

Roses Bloom Near The Armory

Roses Bloom Near The Armory

“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.

A New Beginning at the Marlborough Gallery

A New Beginning at the Marlborough Gallery

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.”

David Lynch's Roses

David Lynch's Roses

25' Roses Seen from the Street

25' Roses Seen from the Street

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!

Bugs and Blooms

Bugs and Blooms

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…

P.S.  “The Roses” are made possible by the Paul Kasmin Gallery and will be in bloom through May 31st.  To see more pictures taken by Hampton Hostess, click here!

Photos via The New York Times, Paul Kasmin Gallery, flickr, New York Post, and Vogue Italia

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  • Reply The Zhush January 26, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wow! One of the 8 billion reasons that I miss living in NYC. These are just incredible!

  • Reply pve January 26, 2011 at 8:54 am

    My sister-in-law lives on Park and was telling me all about them!
    Think it is a sign to “stop and smell the roses” –

  • Reply quintessence January 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I just love this FABULOUS installation. Thank goodness there are people out there still willing to fund projects like this (even though the gallery of course receives publicity they still get brownie points in my book)! Can’t wait to see it when I go in on Friday (if the weather will hopefully cooperate!)

  • Reply Stitchfork January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    One beautiful bouquet!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources January 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Can’t wait to see this live when I am next in NYC! xx

  • Reply Kelly January 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    What a great installation…the sign makes it even cuter! x KO

  • Reply Kelly Dunn January 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I only wish I could be there in person to see them! I will head to Hampton Hostess for sure. I usually am frightened by bugs any larger than my thumb, but that buggy bloom is really cool! Unless I don’t understand the NYC street numbering system (which is very probable), 10 blocks of this art is what makes the experience even better 🙂 XOXO, Kelly

  • Reply Mona Thompson January 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Would love to be in my favorite city New York smelling the roses. Been out of town so just catching up. Beautiful jewelry yesterday. It looks so vintage and I’m crazy for the sconce in Monday Mood. Have a great week. Mona

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    This is the best outdoor art installment NYC has seen in a long while. I love that’s up just in time for Valentine’s Day….Roses are Red, etc.

    I will be making a trek over to the East side to see them as soon as I can!
    xo E

  • Reply hamptontoes January 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I will definitely have to check this out! NYC is such a fabulous place…there is always something new and exciting! My favorite place in the world!

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