I went to discover Columbus, that is, to visit the living room that Tatzu Nishi has constructed around his statue in Columbus Circle, NYC as a public art project. It’s weird being face to face with the sculpture which I never got a decent look at, since it stands high atop a column in a busy intersection. Some students in line behind me remarked how “some people” don’t like Columbus, and how “he did really screw things up for a lot of people who were here first.”
Not sure that there is anything to be had from this artistic spectacle other than a very novel view of a public fixture, and some great views of the avenues. I did recall, however, that when I first came to NYC, and for many years thereafter, Columbus Circle was a hellaciously ugly intersection. At least it’s getting some positive attention now.