Madison Square Park, across the street from Tor, commissions public artworks each season—this summer they are out to make the park look like a 1960’s science fiction book cover. And I am obsessed! It’s an amazing piece. The elongation of the head means you can never quiet reconcile the scale of it within the park, and it’s tranquil countenance is in oppostion to its imposing size. It is our peaceful Zardoz.
Props to spanish artist Jaume Plensa for gathering the city around “Echo.” (Even the title cries out to be a 60’s SF book cover!) No one can walk by without taking its picture or engaging it in someway. “Echo” will be looming over us until August 14th. I only regret we wont be able to see it in the snow. You can see more giant heads and site-specfic artworks on Plensa’s website.
Irene Gallo bows to the big head.