April 26, 2011
Park Avenue Flowers
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Park Avenue flowers are an eagerly anticipated harbinger of spring in New York City. Every March, hundreds of tulips, daffodils, and other annual beauties rise from the busy thoroughfare. Blossoming trees line the sidewalks and fill the air with a sweet and fresh scent.
This year, a Brooklyn-based artist heightened the spectacle of Park Avenue with his installation entitled, "The Roses." Will Ryman constructed, by hand, 38 colossal rose blooms and "planted" them on a 10-block stretch of Park Avenue.
The roses, ranging in height from three to 25 feet, are a fanciful tribute to the larger than life nature of New York City.
The other day, I took an afternoon stroll down Park Avenue to admire the sculptures and lush floral displays.
1 Park Avenue is home to some incredible flower displays.
2 "The Roses" is the dazzling focus of the flower display on Park Ave right now.
3 The colossal blossoms begin at 57th and Park.
4 Artist Will Ryman created 38 gigantic rose blossoms.
5 Ryman chose red and pink for all of the sculptures.
6 The vibrant colors were wonderful to look at during the bleak winter months.
7 I'm thankful these giant critters aren't real..
8 A beetle ascends one of the tallest blooms.
9 This exhibition is Ryman's first public art installation.
10 New Yorkers and tourists were constantly stopping to admire them.
11 The Roses evoke the "larger than life" nature of the city.
12 Some tower as high as 25 feet!
13 The Roses are "planted" among a field of tulips that will be blooming soon.
14 They photograph well against the backdrop of the skyscrapers.
15 The beautiful curves of these sculptures remind me of Georgia O'Keefe's famous floral paintings.
16 Ryman also constructed 20 individual rose petals.
17 The petals are scattered among the trees between 63rd and 65th streets.
18 Ryman says the scale of the sculptures reflects his love of the absurd and dramatic.
19 Imagine getting an arrangement of this size for Valentine's Day!
20 Some of the buds are almost ten feet in diameter!
21 I love the sculptural detail of the prickly thorns.
22 A fiberglass and resin bee perches atop a beautiful bloom.
23 The blossoming trees on Park brighten the morning commute.
24 I was drawn to this handsome scooter sitting beneath one of the beautiful trees.
25 Third Church of Christ on Park has these bright planters outside of their doors.
26 Tulips and daffodils are springing out of the planters on Park.
27 The hyacinths are gorgeous.
28 How can you not stop and admire these beauties?
29 Or these?
30 Magnolias are beginning to open up as well.
31 I love the smell of magnolias.
32 A crowd of daffodils in the Park Ave. median.
33 These tulips caught my eye right away.
34 Their coloring is magnificent.
35 Take some time today to look up, down and around you to admire the spring blooms.
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