The last couple of days, it has finally been warm enough for me to leave the building without my coat! To take advantage of yesterday’s fine weather, the Lady and I paid a visit to Madison Square Park. Located just north of the famous Flatiron Building, this park is usually suffused with the smell of grilled hamburgers from the original Shake Shack (the Lady says she remembers when Shake Shack was just a hot-dog cart in this park). But with the restaurant closed for renovations, the air was crisp and hamburger-free for our visit.
In addition to a busy slate of concerts and other events during the summer months, Madison Square Park hosts a year-round art installation program called Mad. Sq. Art. The current installation, by artist Paula Hayes, is called Gazing Globes. The Mad. Sq. Art. website describes the piece:
The work features eighteen transparent polycarbonate spheres that hold the remnants of contemporary culture, including up-cycled radio parts, industrial materials, acrylic wands, and other pieces of vintage technology sprinkled with fairy dust made of pulverized CDs.
As we entered the park from the southwest corner, the installation was right in front of us:
All those smooth, white pedestals were terribly enticing. I was tempted to add my signature to a few of the pieces, but the Lady said it would be highly inappropriate for me to mark the art.
There were plenty of other humans about enjoying the outdoor art, some taking selfies in front of the globes. We are not sure whether these selfie-takers were ruminating on the ephemeral nature of technology while they posed in front of the compositions of shredded tires and radio parts, but no doubt they at least appreciated the way the pulverized CD dust sparkled in the sunshine.
We enjoyed our daytime visit. But, having seen a friend’s photo on Instagram, the Lady decided that to really appreciate this work, it’s probably best to go at night, when the globes are illuminated from within, creating an otherworldly scene:
After all that art, I was ready for more exercise. Madison Square Park has a spacious (by Manhattan standards) dog run. The ground was still covered with melting ice and slush, so I spent a good deal of time hopping up on the benches.
If you are in New York and would like to see Gazing Globes, the installation will be up through April 19th, 2015. Now that the weather is warmer, we are looking forward to combining more exercise and art appreciation sessions this spring.
Madison Square Park is located between Broadway and Madison Avenue from East 23rd Street to East 26th Street.