As we noted excitedly last week, before it heads to auction at Christie's on May 11—where it's expected to fetch upwards of $10 million—Red Hook-based Swiss conceptual artist Urs Fischer's yellow "Untitled (Bear/Lamp)" (one of three editions of the 23-feet-tall, 20-ton giant) has been installed outside current owner Aby Rosen's Seagram Building on Park Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street. When we stopped by yesterday to see the thing in the
flesh plush bronze, one of the guards told us the piece will be there until September. Until you make it to Midtown, check out these photos.
- The headlamp is lit all day (and night) long. And that's the lamp's pedestal between the figure's legs, not teddy bear genitalia. (That was your first thought too, right?)
- The pedestal is strangely unfinished, which is either part of the piece or an unsightly cost-cutting decision.
- As Fischer often does, the two objects (giant bear and giant lamp) are unceremoniously fused with no attempt to integrate them figuratively.
- Although I guess an especially morbid kid could've performed some radical surgery. (Like that Simpsons Halloween episode in which Bart's evil twin sews a pigeon to a rat; just like that.)
- One of two the security guards (and a guard dog) assigned to the teddy bear detail.
- Its giant button eyes are crooked and sad.
- Surreal view of the sculpture from an ATM one block south.
- Giant teddy bear rides miniature cruise ship!
- Come see the lonely giant before September, when it disappears into a private collection.