Central Park has always been a hotspot for artistic expression.
But a new art installation has given us a solid memento to the gilded age of decades prior with an arrangement of Victorian furniture. Concrete Victorian furniture.
Central Park’s newest art exhibition, Open House, is well... open to the public at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza.
According to TimeOut NY, the exhibit will be open until September 24, 2017.
The stone furniture, created by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn, is based on furnishings that once graced the opulent interior of the now-demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom.
The ballroom was located on Fifth Avenue in Whitney’s former mansion at 68th Street and was designed by legendary architect Stanford White.
In the ballroom, the elite and wealthy established their privilege away from the public. Nothing has changed that much in terms of the upper-crust's desire to stand tall and far away from the rest of the population.
Except now instead of ballrooms and elaborate furniture, they have overpriced nightclubs, galas, and million dollar apartments. So it’s actually neat that these relics are in one of the most widely known public spaces in New York City that everyone has access to.
It's artsy, insightful, and a low-key slap in the face to the wealthy that wanted us 'commoners' out of their space.
By reviving these ghostly relics of the past, Glynn bridges the Gilded Ages of then and now with the nine-piece ensemble of sofas, love seats, and archways.
We have yet to confirm if these seats are better or worse than the park's benches. On a scale, it's probably somewhere between Ikea and Homegoods finds, we imagine.[via TimeOut NY.com] [Feature Image Courtesy Artsy.net]