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A 26-foot-high rose sculpture is now blooming in Zuccotti Park

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Howard Halle

Sometimes a rose is just a rose, but in the case of an outdoor art project on view in FiDi's Zuccotti Park, a rose is a 26-foot-tall sculpture made in painted steel.

The piece comes courtesy of German artist Isa Genzken, whose career was the subject of a major 2104 retrospective at MoMA. Weighing in at 1,000 pounds, Rose III, as it's called, was unveiled on the seventh anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's takeover of the park, which is privately owned by Brookfield Properties.

Genzken works in a wide range of mediums, but giant flowers have been something of an obsession for her: A similar rose sculpture was installed on the New Museum's facade from 2010 to 2013, while a pair of gargantuan white orchids (rising to 28 and 34 feet respectively) stood at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in front of Central Park during the spring and summer of 2016.

As for Rose III, it remains on long term loan for now, meaning it will probably be in bloom well into winter.

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