Everything’s Coming Up Roses

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February 9, 2011 by Sarojini Seupersad

Need a reminder of warmer seasons to come? The internationally acclaimed New York artist Will Ryman, in concert with the Paul Kasmin Gallery, is here to provide some well-earned respite for cold-weary New Yorkers. His outdoor larger-than-life sculpture installation, The Roses, brings sunshine, greenery and whimsical, happiness-inducing rose blossoms to Park Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The 38 rose sculptures, some of them as high as 25 feet, made from fiberglass, marine paint, stainless steel and brass, are located between 57th Street and 67th Street, with rose pedal seats strewn along the way.

According to the artist, in a press release provided by the Paul Kasmin Gallery:

With these roses I wanted to do something that was larger than life and site-specific. In my work I always try to combine fantasy with reality. In the case of The Roses, I tried to convey New York City’s larger than life qualities through scale; creating blossoms which are imposing, humorous, and hopefully beautiful.

On a very cold morning, most people couldn’t help but stop and awe at the towering roses, far above their heads, and wonder, like myself, how in the world did he do that? For your own sake, please go visit these capricious blossoms, during the context of winter to get the full effect. They are there until May, but now is the time to gain it’s full appreciation.


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