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Room in the sky for Columbus

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:24

Sept. 20 - Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi transforms the statue in New York's Columbus Circle into an elevated art space. Tara Cleary reports.

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Christopher Columbus has new digs. The statue of the famous explorer which stands 70 feet or over 21 meters high in New York's Columbus Circle is part of a new installation. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has created a room around the statue complete with coffee table books and loft-style windows, giving visitors views over Central Park and the streets of Manhattan. New York commissioned Nishi a couple of years ago to create an installation in the city. SOUNDBITE Artist Tatzu Nishi, saying (Japanese): "When they asked me to come to New York, I walked around for four or five days to see all the sculptures and monuments and then I knew that I wanted to do this project in Columbus Circle." Nishi's says the intimacy of his room gives viewers a new perspective on the statue. SOUNDBITE Artist Tatzu Nishi, saying (Japanese): "Usually people look up high to see the sculpture of Columbus. By creating this room, they can see the sculpture at eye level. This totally changes the perspective." Entrance to the exhibit is free and visitors can kick back and elevate their art intake until November 18th.

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Room in the sky for Columbus

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:24