I am accumulating more and more reasons to love having my office in the Flatiron area of Manhattan. Today, my friend Monique Leahy, the guru of newsletters that only attorneys would love (but, luckily for Monique, there are lots of those folks) and I had lunch at the Mad Sq Eats food trucks (they close down, as planned, on Friday--waah!), then walked over to the park to check out Orly Genger's work.
Amazing! It's made of nautical rope, 1.4 million feet of nautical rope to be exact. And 100,000 gallons of bright yellow, red and blue paint. And lots of knots. I'm told the rope was collected up and down the Eastern seaboard of the United States, a kind of interesting re-purposing of shore-side artifact to urban art object.
There are three separate structures of this layered rope which has been knotted and shaped, looking much like a knitting project for giants. There are three works, each different, each undulating its way around a space in the park that defines an outdoor and open-to-the-sky area where people naturally sit and congregate. Monique says she watched the set-up effort as volunteers manhandled the rope (apparently no easy task, as it is seriously heavy), attaching the layers of it to stanchions that maintain equilibrium, especially where the layered rows are tallest.
The effect is that each looks like a series of undulating waves. A wacky seashore in the City kind of look. And people are loving it. They touch the ropes, sit on the edge of one or the other of the pieces, eat lunch with one of them as a backdrop.
I'm told at the end of the workday, they form the backdrop for a kind of happy hour gathering in the Park.
Go, Manhattan! And Bravo Madison Square Park!