Jaume Plensa's sculptures at the Grand Hyatt
Fri Dec 9 2011
Photograph: Courtesy Richard Gray Gallery
A commute involving Grand Central Terminal just got more exciting. Not only did the Apple Store open today on the East Balcony, last night Jaume Plensa unveiled two dramatic sculptures in the lobby of the adjacent Grand Hyatt hotel. The installation was the final touch on a $130 million overhaul to "de-Trump" the property, as one witty Hyatt executive put it. If you were moved by—or missed—the Barcelona-based artist's monumental Echo in Madison Square Park this past spring, stop in to admire the ethereal Awilda and Chloe, two elongated white marble heads just under ten feet tall and modeled on daughters of friends of the artist. In contrast to conventional museum protocol, you can get as close as you like: Viewers are encouraged to touch (or, as the artist says, "caress") the smooth tactile pieces.