Photo of the day: A massive art installation in Bryant Park
Analogia, an installation by artist Ben Tritt, consists of paintings based on sculptural works at the Met rising 60 feet above the midtown park
Tue Mar 11 2014
Photograph: Jodi Kaplan
Now that tolerable weather is at least temporarily here, we can think of going outside and taking advantage of the city's vast outdoor art offerings. And today we have our eye on Analogia, a towering edifice in Bryant Park that popped up on Saturday. The work of Brooklyn artist Ben Tritt, the installation consists of a dozen paintings inspired by sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The weatherproof works, which Tritt spent 30 days painting, are made of 200 gallons of tar and enamel on 600 yards of burlap canvases, and held up by 1.5 miles of bamboo with a steel and wood base.
That's a lot of numbers, so we'll recap Analogia—which claims to be the largest freestanding sculpure of its kind—by the numbers here:
- Two towers measuring 15 by 15 feet at the base and 60 feet in height
- 12 paintings
- 1.5 miles of bamboo
- 600 burlap canvases
- 200 gallons of tar and enamel
- 30,000 pounds of steel
Analogia, part of the park's transition from winter to spring, will be up until March 18.
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