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No Limits by Alexandre Arrechea is up on Park Avenue (slide show)

Park Avenue is the site of NYC's latest public art installation, No Limits by Alexandre Arrechea, which reimagines NYC's iconic buildings as fanciful sculptures.

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

    "No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

Photograph: Camille Fernandez

"No Limits" installation by Alexandre Arrechea

With the new sculpture installation No Limits by Alexandre Arrechea, a new city-within-a-city has sprung up along the Park Avenue Mall: the latest public art show conceived by the Fund for Park Avenue's Sculpture for Park Avenue Committee. Cuban-born artist Arrechea, 42, put up the last of the ten steel sculptures he planned for the site over the weekend of March 16–17, and together they create a walkable art tour between 54th and 67th Streets stradding midtown and the Upper East Side. Each sculpture is a riff on an iconic NYC building that twists and bends its source of inspiration as though it were a malleable garden hose; among the architectural gems depicted are the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, plus lesser-known edifices such as the Helmsley, Seagram and Citigroup buildings. The Sherry Netherland, at 59th Street, is reimagined as an almost closed circle whose tail end appears ready to devour its tower; the Flatiron Building is a reconfigured into an aluminum, banner-like flag at the corner of 57th Street; and the Empire State Building, at 64th Street, twists itself into a slittering snake reaching toward the sky. The Citigroup sculpture, at 54th Street, can even be rotated by hand on its spinning-top base by passersby. Why not teach the kids a mini architecture lesson by introducing them to all ten works online at home, then having them identify on-site which building is being referenced by each sculpture? No Limits by Alexandre Arrechea is one more reason why we find New York City to be an amazing place to raise a family


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