Giant Park Ave Architectural Sculptures: Cool Art from Hot Metal in NYC

April 5th, 2013 by Andrzej

A couple of days ago I blogged about the completion and installation of the Alexandre Arrechea 'No Limits' series of sculptures that were fabricated by my friend Josh Young of Serett Metal in Brooklyn. It was a genuinely huge job that took Josh and his team over two months to build.

These enormous sculptures were inspired by some of Manhattans most iconic architecture: the Chrysler Building, Citicorp Center, Empire State Building, Flatiron building, Helmsley Building, MetLife Building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, Seagram Building, Sherry Netherland, and the US Courthouse. I photographed the completion and installation of these stunning sculptures over the last few days of that two month period and was exhausted by the end of it as two of those days were overnighters that kept me photographing for longer than twelve hours each night. I ended up with close to 2,000 images, most of which came out exceedingly well and made the editing process extremely difficult. Some of the results of that editing were posted in the previous blog and others are in this gallery on my website.

I have no idea how Josh managed to keep it together as he didn't sleep for the last five days of construction. He'd pass out in his car for an hour or so and then somebody would come and wake him up with a problem to fix. It was a herculean effort and one that was well rewarded by a great sense of satisfaction (as well as another step closer to climbing out of the black hole created by the complete flooding of his workshop during Hurricane Sandy) when the final sculpture was dropped into place.

Last weekend I went for a ride up Park Avenue and photographed the completed sculptures in situ between 54th and 67th streets. These images are the result of that bicycle ride. If you are in NYC anytime before June 9th then I'd suggest you make your way along Park Avenue and admire the genius of Alexandre Arrechea for developing the concept and Josh Young for executing the vision. With the ten giant sculptures of the 'No Limits' installation along Park Avenue, both of these remarkable individuals stand head and shoulders above every other artist in NYC this summer.

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Citigroup Sculpture, Park Ave and 54th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Seagram Sculpture, Park Ave and 55th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Metropolitan Life Tower Sculpture, Park Ave and 57th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sherry Netherland Sculpture, Park Ave and 59th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

US Courthouse Sculpture, Park Ave and 60th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Flatiron Sculpture, Park Ave and 61st St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Flatiron Sculpture, Park Ave and 61st St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Flatiron Sculpture, Park Ave and 61st St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Flatiron Sculpture, Park Ave and 61st St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Flatiron Sculpture, Park Ave and 61st St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Flatiron Sculpture, Park Ave and 61st St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Empire State Sculpture, Park Ave and 64th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

I don't think it's possible to really tell just from looking at the picture in this size, but having seen it blown up to 100%, I feel duty bound to point out the woman is pushing a pram with a lap dog in it.

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Helmsley Sculpture, Park Ave and 65th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Chrysler Sculpture, Park Ave and 66th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

MetLife Sculpture, Park Ave and 67th St © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

7 Responses to “Giant Park Ave Architectural Sculptures: Cool Art from Hot Metal in NYC”

  1. Tenar Says:

    Insane. I wish I could have been there to see those go up. Genius.
    Great pix too Andy.
    x

  2. Andrzej Says:

    Thanks Tenar 🙂 Did you see the previous blog about the construction and installation of the sculptures?

  3. Victoria Buckley Says:

    Been short of time to catch up with blog, and even less to comment, but as always a great insight into your rich environment. Thanks for taking the time you do with keeping us up to date with what's on in NY

  4. Lalit Ghera Says:

    Brilliant work Andrzej.
    I too missed the previous blog about construction and installation of these sculptures,
    Would you pls send me the blog or site. Thanx.

  5. Bi-coastal-curious | Carly Caryn : Eye For Style Says:

    [...] the art events I wanted to check out (particularly: Recalling 1993, Street and Punk at the Met, the architectural sculptures along Park Avenue, Orly Genger’s rope installation in Madison Square Park, just to name a few). I planned to [...]

  6. Judy Says:

    Thank you for the two posts, loved to read both! I got a chance to see some of the statues in real life on the week of June 10th, some were still there and some already removed. However, I was so delighted to see the MetLife piece posted in a new location beside the Flatiron. A perfect location to see both the building and the piece of art at the same time. Do you have any idea where are the other pieces going to be installed? I hope they will be!
    Thanks again, lovely posts and photos!

  7. Judy Says:

    Sorry, the Metropolitan Life Tower it was, not the MetLife 🙂

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