Saturday, July 26, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Balloon Flower (Red) sits in the park at 7 World Trade Center, in the shadow of the Freedom Tower and adjacent to the 911 Memorial. The sculpture was designed and sculpted by renowned artist Jeff Koons. It is a giant, mirror-polished stainless-steel sculpture of a twisted red balloon in the shape of a flower. This is one of five versions that Mr. Koons has created since 1995, (He also has created the Balloon Flower in blue, magenta, yellow, orange, and red.
The Balloon Flower is part of Koon’s Celebration series, consisting of 20 sculptures and 16 paintings. Other familiar sculptures include a balloon dog, party favors and a mound of Play-Doh representing things that might be found in a child’s playroom.
Looking from the edge of the water at Battery Park, next to the Ferry’s that glide across the Hudson and in the shadow of the Freedom Tower that majestically stretches its shadow towards the Jersey City, NJ shore sits the famous Colgate Clock. Boasting to be the “second biggest” Clock in the world, its octagon shape (similar to the Colgate Logo) has a diameter of 50 feet, the hands and the counterbalance way close to two tons. It sits on the former site of the headquarters of Colgate-Palmolive, based in Jersey City until 1980. The clock sits next to one of the largest skyscrapers in NJ the Goldman Sachs Tower, Goldman Sachs currently maintains the clock.
Designed by Colgate engineer Warren Day and built in 1924 by the Seth Thomas Clock Company The current Colgate Clock was built in 1924 to replace an earlier clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Day and constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for the centennial of the Colgate Company in 1906. The original clock was moved to Clarksville, Indiana Colgate factory.
The clock is a familiar and mandatory location point for small aircraft along the Hudson River. Recently, June 2013, it was decided that the clock would be raised and refurbished.
In the 1980s French artist Thierry Noir made a career of painting what he called "Big Heads" on the Berlin Wall. The heads could be painted quickly and secretly at night, and Noir made dozens of them, claiming that it helped "demystify" the Wall.
The Berlin Wall came down in 1989, and 15 years later this particular Big Head was shipped from Berlin to New York City. At the time the German Consulate described it as a "symbol of freedom," placing it near the World Trade Center site. The significance of the slab, however, is overshadowed by its nutty artwork, which was Noir's point in Berlin, and now in New York City as well. People like to pose for photos as if kissing the big red lips.