38 rose blossoms crawling with insects bring an early spring to Park Ave NYC thanks to the Public Art fund and artist Will Ryman.
The towering pink and red roses adored with crawling bug sculptures stand 3′-22 feet tall along the wintry grey portion of Park Ave. between 57th and 67th Streets. The roses buds themselves weigh up to 2500 lbs. Community board #8 members raised concerns with the possible hazard they could be to passers-by but artist Ryman and his business partner Konstantin Bojanov. All was sorted out and the sculptures were approved.
The irony in all of this is that the sculptures were scheduled to be assembled in January this year. The same time a blizzard descended on the five boroughs whose high winds left man without power, streets that were almost. The sculptures were still installed, safely secured and put the test right away. They are still there and no reports of them suffering any damage despite all the storms they have had to endure.
You don’t have to wait for warmer temps to see flowers in bloom in NYC. These public art arrangements will be on display through May 31, 2011 and they will be there to ring in the new spring flower season.