Last Thursday we took some time out of the studio to go check out Tatzu Nishi’s Dicover Columbus. Nishi known for recontextualizing monuments and architectural landmarks in spaces that have included Luxurious Hotel rooms, Sparkling Bathrooms and in this case a Swanky NYC penthouse.
Once inside the space, after a harrowing climb up the scaffold structure stairs( or elevator) you arrive at the door of Nishi’s apartment. Inside the space which is comfortably designed with most creatures of comfort, with almost all the furnishings provided by Bloomingdale’s. You are first struck with the back view of Columbus situated on the center of a custom built coffee table. The 800 square foot space with 16 foot ceilings is gigantic compared most NYC apartments which are about 400 square feet. The wallpaper , slightly too cute pink-gold wallpaper here. Designed by Mr. Nishi, it features repeating images of American cultural figures or monuments, like Elvis Presley, the Empire State Building, Marilyn Monroe, a hot dog and, slightly more subversively, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
You may note that the statue’s gaze, up close, is rather piercing, perhaps in an attempt to overcome its high perch, or you can consider the way weather and pollution have reduced the marble to something that looks like cast concrete. Or you may savor the views of Central Park and the assorted avenues or pick up a newspaper or magazine, as if waiting in a doctor’s office.
Regardless, you’ll be experiencing an intimacy usually reserved for birds and art restorers. (After Mr. Nishi’s piece closes on Nov. 18, the structure will remain in place for a few months more, while the statue undergoes major conservation for the first time since 1991.) Tickets are free are free and time to view the piece are available at The Public Art Fund website.