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One NY Artist: Alexandre Arrechea

Saturday, March 23, 2013

There are thousands of artists is New York City, some scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in studios, basements and on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea is behind “No Limits,” a public art project that features replicas of ten iconic New York buildings along Park Avenue, between 54th and 67th streets.

Arrechea's Chrysler building is rolled up like a fire hose, the Empire State is shaped like the Pentagon, the Flatiron is standing on a flag pole and the Hemsley building is turned into a circular shape, like a snake that bites its own tail. "In some way New York is like this snake, or beast that is constantly devouring itself to appear as a new city," says Arrechea.

The installation is on display until June 9th. Arrechea spoke to WNYC's Gisele Regatao about this piece and his work.

 

Gisele Regatao
Arrechea and his take on the Chrysler Building
Gisele Regatao
Helmsley building
Courtesy of the artist / Magnan Metz Gallery
Empire State
Courtesy of the artist / Magnan Metz Gallery
Flatiron
Courtesy of the artist / Magnan Metz Gallery
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