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Giant Bagels have taken over Greenwich Village and Hudson River Park

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Howard Halle
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There’s no more fitting monument for New York City right now than artist Hanna Liden’s public art project, Everything. That’s because the work, ensconced in Hudson River Park and on Ruth Wittenberg Plaza at the intersection of Christopher Street and Greenwich Ave, consists of giant versions of that Gotham staple—bagels—arranged into stacks. Each is made of Styrofoam and polyurethane, painted to resemble one of the usual flavors (poppy seed, plain, pumpernickel, etc.). The tallest of the sculptures is 17 feet high, and has a gargantuan tulip popping out of the top as if it were in an edible vase. Co-sponsored by the Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s, Everything was inspired by Liden’s recollection of her first trip to a bagel shop after arriving in New York from Sweden in 1998. They’re certainly tasty-looking, but, and this is just a suggestion, maybe next time include the cream cheese?

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