For a limited time, there is a terrific Bird greeting passersby as they enter Madison Square Park at 23rd Street in Manhattan.
It's a big bird. Probably a story and a half tall. And it is made of nails. Some of them regular size nails, some fabricated just for this statue. And it's marvelous.
The bird is pictured with a rose hanging from its beak. A sure sign of Spring. In a hard-edged New York kind of way.
This public art is part of what makes it terrific to live in New York. Another big part is the result of the efforts of Amanda Burden, the New York City Planning Commissioner and her team. Amanda has been in this position for a decade, and the city is immeasurably richer for it. I went to a dinner last night at the home of Jacqueline Novegratz (Founder of the Acumen Fund) and Chris Anderson (Curator of TED), where Amanda gave a presentation of her work, specifically focused last night on the creation of public spaces throughout the five boroughs of Manhattan.
The evening was magical. As someone said "I'm newly thrilled to live in New York City after hearing Amanda's presentation on the proliferation of public spaces--with chairs that are moveable, and benches that are comfortable, and flowering plants, and seaside views and so much more."
Thank you, Amanda! Your decade as Planning Commissioner has left a thrilling legacy that everyone can share.