Dumbo in Union Sq
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 14 September 2011
First Andy Warhol moved in, and now Unions Sq boasts another striking artistic sculpture, more whimsical than even Rob Pruitt’s super-shiny portrait statue of the Pop guru. Miquel Barceló's Elefandret, a 26-foot-tall bronze elephant standing on its trunk, was installed in the southern Union Square Triangle yesterday. The gravity-defying work of art has been stopping pedestrians in their tracks, and some even voiced their concerns that the precarious pacyderm would remain steady. “If a heavy wind comes, I feel it might fall down,” a park visitor told local news station WNYC. Barceló worked with engineers to make ensure that the elephant is structurally secure though, and is confident it will remain standing on end through May 2012, the run of the public art installation.
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