A Personal Penthouse for Columbus

Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century

Aubrey D’Agnolo

Section: Barbra Adams

Global Now: Abstract

Headline:  At His Penthouse, a Tete-a-Tete With Columbus

Date: 09/ 21 /2012

Source: New York Times


The ‘Discovering Columbus’ installation in Columbus circle by artist Tatzu Nishi encloses the statue of Christopher Columbus in its own personalized penthouse suite. Before the statue undergoes restoration it is being put on view, times tickets are required. This installation had been commissioned by the Public Art Fund. The room is decorated and furnished and allows viewers a one time opportunity to see the statue up close and personal in a way that would never happen in Columbus circle.  How is seeing the monument in a personalized space different from seeing it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?  What about the fact that Bloomingdale’s provided the furniture for the room and a flat screen? How is Mr. Nishi playing with ideas of space and the experience of the monument?


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/arts/design/tatzu-nishis-discovering-columbus-installation.html

Global Issue: Art

Primary Design Lens: Monuments

Secondary Design Lens: Installation

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