Thursday, January 29, 2015

Room With a View

Climb six stories to say 'sup to Columbus


Good news: The city's most covetable Central Park view doesn't require you to drop $100 million and change — and it even comes furnished with a 100-year-old sculpture in the middle of the room.

Discovering Columbus, a new skyscraping exhibition by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, is open for visitors, and poised to be the talk of the city for months.

Nishi and the Public Art Fund have built a fully decorated living room — six stories up — around that very famous marble likeness of Christopher Columbus that sits in his namesake Circle.

And the 13-foot Columbus himself? He’s just chillin’ atop a coffee table, of course. Lamps, a couch, and a television fill out the rest of this insane space.

And you get to hang inside.

Visitors climb 60 feet with free reserved passes available online tomorrow, which will quickly fill up.

As with any provocative public project, it’s already courted controversy, with some Italian Americans saying the project desecrates the sacred memory of Cristoforo Colombo.

Our only beef: No wetbar.

Discovering Columbus
Thursday, September 20-Saturday, November 18
Columbus Circle

Tickets: Free reservations starting Wednesday here
Nearby: A Voce; Bouchon Bakery; Marea

Images courtesy Public Art Fund

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