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  • Franz West, The Ego and the Id

  • Peter Coffin, "Untitled (Sculpture Silhouettes)"

  • Double Take

  • Double Take

  • "Socrates Sculpture Park EAF09"

  • "Socrates Sculpture Park EAF09"

  • "Socrates Sculpture Park EAF09"

Franz West, The Ego and the Id



Double Take

Double Take
Emerging artists created five site-specific installations that will play with your mind: Michael DeLucia overlapped layers of a chain-link fence so that it fades into pixels, Matt Irie and Dominick Talvacchio created a lamppost that bends into the ground, and Natasha Johns-Messenger used strategically placed mirrors in the MetroTech Center's lobby to create the illusion that outside is indoors. MetroTech Center, Myrtle Ave between Flatbush Ave and Jay St, Downtown Brooklyn (212-980-4575; metrotechbid.org, publicartfund.org/doubletake). Through Sept 10.

Franz West, The Ego and the Id
In his largest aluminum sculpture to date, Austrian artist West created two 20-foot-high looping installations—one in bubble-gum pink, the other in alternating blocks of bright primary colors—that soar toward the sky at the south end of Central Park. Take a seat on one of the curved stools built into the base of each sculpture and ponder how Freud's work might have inspired the piece. Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, Fifth Ave at 60th St (212-980-4575, publicartfund.org). Through Apr 30.

Peter Coffin, "Untitled (Sculpture Silhouettes)"
The local artist reinterpreted 13 major works of art (including Rodin's The Thinker and Picasso's She-Goat) as eight- to ten-foot-tall shadowy apparitions, made of one-inch-thick sheets of metal. City Hall Park, Chambers St at Centre St (212-980-4575, publicartfund.org/petercoffin). Through May 7.

"Socrates Sculpture Park EAF09"
As part of the park's annual Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition, 17 up-and-comers created large-scale outdoor sculptures with the help of Socrates' staff. Keep an eye out for Zack Davis's Monumental Dump, Aaron King's pile of cakes and a faux subway entrance by Brina Thurston. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd at Broadway, Long Island City, Queens (718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org). Through Mar 8.

Tree Museum
If trees could talk, they'd tell the stories of the people who live around them—at least according to artist Katie Holten. To mark the centennial of the Grand Concourse, Holten created this self-guided walking tour by marking 100 trees along a four-and-a-half-mile stretch of the boulevard. To hear prerecorded stories told by the locals, dial 718-408-2501 and enter the tree's extension. Grand Concourse between Moshulu Pkwy North and 138th St, Bronx (718-681-6000, treemuseum.org). Through Feb 28.

 

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