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DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel07.jpg.jpgStarting tomorrow, September 20th, you can get really close to Christopher Columbus -- or at least to the white marble statue in Columbus Circle created in 1892 by Gaetano Russo. With funding from Public Art Fund, the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has constructed a "living room" six stories in the air, and 50 people at a time can walk up and...  just hang out with the Genovese explorer (as these people did at a preview this morning). The artist has already done several similar statue-interventions including building a one room hotel around a likeness of Queen Victoria in Liverpool, England.  Free tickets are available online HERE and it's open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until November 18th

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel05.jpg.jpgTatzu Nishi inside his exhibition. Photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel08.jpg.jpgWallpaper in the space features cartoon depictions of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse and other iconic pop imagery. Photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel03.jpg.jpgThe exhibition's exterior in Columbus Circle. Photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

Top photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY


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