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A Room With A View: Discovering Columbus Exhibit at Columbus Circle

Monday, October 08, 2012

One hundred and twenty years after it was erected, the landmark statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle has found a new home of sorts.

Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi erected a living room around the 13-foot-statue that is perched six stories above Columbus Circle — complete with sofas, a big-screen TV (set to CNN) and fabulous views of the city.

The exhibit appears to be a hit: as of Monday, 80,000 passes to the exhibit will have been reserved for the art installation.

WNYC’s Arun Venugopal spent time at the exhibit talking to visitors. For many of them, Columbus is and will always be a heroic figure. But others had mixed feelings about his role as a colonizer who enslaved Native Americans.

For some Italian-Americans, there has been concern that the exhibit fails to address the bigotry faced by their community when the statue was built.

For more on the exhibit, check out Arun’s Micropolis Tumblr

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Comments [1]

Joe Zarba

For one, I think it is a result of the colonial mentality we are taught in elementary school to admire, respect and look up to a killer such as Columbus. Facts are stubborn things and Columbus was no less than this for the king and queen of Spain. When the Arawaks and Taino original people refused to be treated as slaves, his response was to murder them. As an Italian and as a SICILIAN whose culture has suffered so much I find it impossible to honor an oppressor

Oct. 13 2012 04:04 PM

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