Park Avenue is about to receive the gift of eyesores. Spindly, shiny eyesores that reach 20 feet into the sky. Beginning today, Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea will install mini-versions of New York landmarks including the Chrysler, Empire State, and Flatiron buildings along the six-lane roadway between 54th and 67th. They’re bound to be a distraction, so wayward drivers and pedestrians, you have been warned.
He calls this series No Limits, just like the powers of the imagination. Arrechea could’ve done a better job stretching those limits; there’s crazier things to dream about than the Empire State building. Many of these sculptures are whimsical—some of the buildings appear coiled like firehoses, and some look like spinning tops. The tops (Citigroup and MetLife buidings), are mounted to ball bearings, so anyone can spin them from their base. Woo hoo?
We’re fairly certain art does not need to pay more attention to Citigroup and other large corporations, but we’re sure some employee will find Arrechea’s sculptures charming. Lucky for him or her, Arrechea’s gallery has smaller versions of No Limits offered for sale.