At first glance, you might think that scaffolding surrounding the statue of Columbus in Columbus Circle means the statue is under restoration. Not so! The statue is in fact the center of an art exhibit called Discovering Columbus.
The artist built a modern living room around the statue. Before I went to visit, I had thought that the artist had built the Columbus statue its own living room, as though the Columbus statue was living in modern times and needed a living room, but it appears as though the Columbus statue is merely a feature of the living room. (What gave it away: The statue could never fit into one of those chairs.)
Just because the Columbus statue can’t fit into the chairs, though, doesn’t mean that you can’t – you’re encouraged to relax in the living room and read the magazines and newspapers (but not the books!). We visited a couple of weeks ago after work, and we found the experience really neat. It’s pretty crazy being so close to a statue that you usually see from so far away.
Now, my fear of heights is well documented, and I’m sure you realize climbing the equivalent of six stories up some scaffolding was not really my cup of tea. Once up in the exhibit, I couldn’t quite ever get out of my head enough to totally enjoy myself – which is kind of a shame because the views were amazing, the exhibit is a neat idea, and every detail deserves attention, right down to the pink Americana wallpaper. Hey, the important part is that I got up there, right? And now I’m sharing it with you! Go visit!