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The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza (slide show)

Catch The Bird by Will Ryman, the fanciful sculpture occupying Flatiron Plaza near Madison Square Park through Sunday, April 21.

  • Photograph: Elisabeth Bernstein

    The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza

    The Bird by Will Ryman

  • Photograph: Elisabeth Bernstein

    The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza

    The Bird by Will Ryman

  • Photograph: Elisabeth Bernstein

    The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza

    The Bird by Will Ryman

  • Photograph: Elisabeth Bernstein

    The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza

    The Bird by Will Ryman

  • Photograph: Elisabeth Bernstein

    The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza

    The Bird by Will Ryman

Photograph: Elisabeth Bernstein

The Bird by Will Ryman in Flatiron Plaza

The Bird by Will Ryman

If you happen to be in the Flatiron District this week, stop by Flatiron Plaza, at Broadway and 23rd Street, to see The Bird by Will Ryman, a sculpture of an avian made of 5,500 industrial and fabricated giant nails of various sizes. The megabird is holding a rose in its mouth, a reference to the artist's last public art installation, Roses, on Park Avenue. Presented by the NYC Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program and the Flatiron–23rd Street Partnership, the 12-foot-high artwork expands the traditional meaning of the construction material and also challenges the notion that the avian is purely representational. Depending on where you're standing, you may lose sight of its "birdness" altogether, something the artist revels in exploring.) At the request of the sponsors, Ryman built a new nest of nails for the bird to stand in, which didn't exist when the work was first shown at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in early 2012. The giant sculpture will be on view through Sunday, April 21.


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