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Manhattan Artist Turns Park Ave. Into Fanciful Garden

Friday, January 21, 2011

A strip of Park Avenue will soon look like a surreal, larger-than-life garden. Manhattan artist Will Ryman and his team will begin installing 38 giant rose blossoms up and down Park Avenue from 57th and 67th streets on Friday night.

The stainless steel, fiberglass resin and brass blossoms climb up to 25 feet tall and are painted in vibrant shades of red and pink automotive paint. The installation also includes 20 rose petals, the majority of which will be scattered between 63rd and 65th streets.

Ryman says he wanted to make the flowers gigantic so both pedestrians and office workers alike will be able to see the art. "It's like someone standing on the street looking at the same object as somebody on the 14th floor, but having totally different experiences," the Greenwich Village native said.

Ryman added that he got some of his inspiration for the project from the opening scene to the David Lynch film "Blue Velvet."

"The Roses" will be completely installed by Tuesday and will be in bloom through May 31. The project is supported by the Paul Kasmin Gallery.

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Comments [5]

Mike L from Manhattan

Thanks for this info, WNYC.
I shot a photo of some of the roses today on Park just north of 61st Street:
http://flickr.com/photos/mike_lewis/5379127482

Jan. 22 2011 05:18 PM
Rick from xXx

Lynchian roses? Amazing!

Small tribute to Dennis Hopper maybe...

Jan. 22 2011 05:02 AM
Chloe from Harlem

Thanks for the notification! SOMETHING to smile about for a change! Delightful!

Jan. 22 2011 04:30 AM
Dave Doctor from DC

Next, let's install/plant real vegetation and pedestrianize the street so people can live in a park, not have to travel to one.

Jan. 21 2011 10:00 PM
Scott Rose from Manhattan

My name is Scott ROSE, and I approve this article!

Jan. 21 2011 06:14 PM

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