Discovering Columbus is a temporary, public art installation by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. Nishi is known for reimagining public monuments so that we can see them in a different context.
In this work, he takes the inaccessible statue of Columbus, which stands over 70 feet above Columbus Circle in Manhattan, and enables us to view the work up close within the confines of a living space.
The 13-foot statue of Columbus was commissioned by the city for the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage to the New World. The statue was unveiled in 1892 and has remained atop its tall granite column for over 100 years, largely invisible against the bright sky.
The exhibit runs from September through November, 2012, and consists of a large scaffold atop which sits the living room, complete with furniture, lamps, a television, and bookshelf. One climbs up the steps to the top where Eighth Avenue, Broadway, and 59th Street vanish toward the horizon, and Central Park is stretches to the north.
Looking north, where Broadway (left) and Central Park West (right), or 8th Avenue, run north.
Inside the living room, where Columbus dominates the space from the middle of the coffee table. The wallpaper is uniquely American too.
The view south, down 8th Avenue.
The view toward Central Park. On the opposite side of the park is the Upper East Side. My wide-angle lens can barely get Central Park West and 59th Street in the same frame.