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embracing stillness_lin yan



Current installation in the Flatiron Gallery.

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today’s desk view: ornate verticality


Lovely ornate sides across the street from my current job site. A beauty.

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Grand Central buzzing even at night. My favorite people watching location. Been awhile since I his stood there and took it in. A really good end to a long day on Monday.

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roller girl


This made me smile. At 66th street Lincoln Center subway stop on 1,2,3 line

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cutting dream_xin song


New paper art installation at the Flatiron Gallery. “Cutting Dream” by Xin Song.

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super kitty


Super Kitty to the rescue. Fan art from the recent Hello Kitty Art Show on Broome Street.

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paper handbags

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Giant paper handbags in the Louis Vuitton Window displays on 5th Ave previously.

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lego tower

lego tower

My 1 minute lego tower at the Lego store.  Take that little kids! hehe. Complete with abstract blue Christmas Tree appropriate for the season.

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bridging structure


Simple bridge near the train station in Stamford, Connecticut.

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reflective padded architecture


Inflatable, padded installation at the Alexander Wang Store in SOHO. So fun! Shiny shiny!

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giant ornaments


A yearly christmas tradition–the giant ornament installation across on 6th Ave in Midtown near Rockefeller Center.

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discovering columbus_decor

The living room decor at the Discovering Columbus Installation.


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discovering columbus_pop wallpaper

Pink pop culture wallpaper covering the walls of the Discovering Columbus Installation.  Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, Elvis, The Empire State Building…..


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discovering columbus_statuesque walk around

Christopher Columbus as the centerpiece of this installation by Tatzu Nishi.  It was pretty awesome to be sitting in a living room built around a statue that is typically out of reach by everyone except the pigeons.  No touching however. Here are some views as I take a lap around the statue.  Detail shots in upcoming posts.


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discovering columbus_the approach

A rare opportunity to get up close to the Christopher Columbus Statue at Columbus Circle which stands on top of a tall column pedestal out of reach on any other day.  Tatzu Nishi built a living room around the statue of Columbus for everyone to sit, relax and admire the statue and the great views of the Upper West Side and Central Park.  Here are views of the approach to the installation–a little room atop scaffolding that is equally as geometrically cool as what is inside.  The exhibit is free.  Tickets available online.  The exhibit is ongoing until November 18th and I highly recommend going if you have time!  See other posts for interior shots.

UPDATE: open for 2 extra weeks due to popular demand!

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broken cranes


Hurricane Sandy snaps this crane like it was nothing.  Stuck inside this week due to the electricity outages & halt in subways in lower Manhattan.  I had to leave the house yesterday for a work meeting on site and saw the crane first hand from the window as well as on my walk home.  This has all been an interesting and surreal experience to see the effect on NYC life when public transportation and power outages cut off  half the island.  Only half the island can begin to get back to normal and even then it’s seemingly less than “normal”.  Brooklyn has  been cut off unless you have a car or can catch a bus and even then it is a longer ride than normal.  Sometimes it’s just faster to walk.  My cab ride t the meeting was tortuously long and more expensive than usual.  I opted to walk 40 blocks home to get some air and avoid that experience again.  The abundance of car traffic that has flooded the streets–this city is not made for the level of traffic it’s seeing now.

I’m fortunate to not have been affected by the storm and hope that all those who have are able to get back on their feet ASAP.  Been reaching out to all my NYC friends to find out if they are ok or need anything.  Glad to hear everyone is safe and sound, finding water, power, and support from friends when they can!


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_gerri davis

A beautiful piece by Gerri Davis.  Amazing movement captured

An excerpt from this year’s Gowanus Ballroom Art Show


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I imagine water gushing out from the balloon…

Excerpt from the Gowanus Ballroom Art Show this year.


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big kastenmann_erwin wurm

“Big Kastenmann” by Erwin Wurm on display below the Highline near the southern entrance.


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stripes + david

Stripes! A new take on the statue of David in the Meatpacking district.

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kusama + yellow trees

Yayoi Kusama’s “Yellow Trees” as a construction barricade in the Meatpacking District.


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Midtown verticality.


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A daytime complement to my previous bridging post at night.  Near Madison Square Park.


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radio city music hall_zarkana

Went to my first show at Radio City Music Hall recently.  Cirque Du Soleil Zarkana.  Great show and an amazing space.  Just a few snapshots of the interior, but they don’t do it justice.


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dancers_nancy spero

Detail shots of Nancy Spero’s “Artemis, Acrobats, Divas, and Dancers” Mosaic Tile piece in the Lincoln Center subway stop on the 1, 2, 3 train.

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egyptians_nancy spero

Detail shots of Nancy Spero’s “Artemis, Acrobats, Divas, and Dancers” Mosaic Tile piece in the Lincoln Center subway stop on the 1, 2, 3 train.

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acrobats_nancy spero

Detail shots of Nancy Spero’s “Artemis, Acrobats, Divas, and Dancers” Mosaic Tile piece in the Lincoln Center subway stop on the 1, 2, 3 train.

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divas_nancy spero

Detail shots of Nancy Spero “Artemis, Acrobats, Divas, and Dancers” Mosaic Tile piece in the Lincoln Center subway stop on the 1, 2, 3 train.

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color pop dog_romero britto


The new sculpture by Romero Britto in front of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle

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randomland_rebecca riley

“Randomland” currently on display in the gallery at the Flatiron Building.


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gallery hopping

A viewing from the Chelsea galleries


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union square sand art


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today’s desk view: grand central + metlife


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doze green_luminosity in the dark rift




Loving the colors and forms.

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eric white_transmission


Some really beautiful pieces from the “Transmission” show

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train window


Great building outside my window as I take the train to the airport. Train travel should come back into style. You see so much more.

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love by cirque



Just saw Beatles themed Cirque du Soleil called LOVE. If you haven’t seen it, definitely go! It’s worth it and is pretty spectacular. Performing at the Mirage hotel.

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colored weathering

Beautiful weathering and rust on a SOHO storefront across from PUBLIC.  Love the colors.

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sliver sunset


Views like these make staying at work late a little better. Beautiful!

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