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Thursday, September 1, 2011

In the Shadow of the Standard Hotel, on the West Side

Giant Kaws, NYC
Photo by myself below the Standard Hotel, at West 13th and Washington Streets.

Way, way, way over on the far west side, tucked under The High Line and the towering Standard Hotel, is a giant piece of public art.

The sculpture was created by the street artist named Kaws. It is only 16 feet tall, however seems much taller. Influences from Mickey Mouse can be seen in the 'gloves'. (The artist started his career as a freelancer at Disney).

People were eating and relaxing nearby in the gorgeous weather. The Standard is a super cool building that straddles The High Line, the elevated public park. Rates at The Standard vary from about $450 to $2,200 per night.

Giant Kaws, NYC

Related posts: Public Art and Other Freebies, Portrait of a Young Man, Without a Home and Portrait of FIve New Yorkers, on the Upper East Side.

9 comments:

Beatrice B. said...

why is he so sad?! He looks like the unknown cousin of Mickey Mouse ;)

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Joanne said...

Love it!

Luis Gomez said...

Great! Love Kaws art. Nice shots!

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love outdoor art. & I love your second picture that includes the people hanging out & the color yellow. Well done Kitty!

FrancescPhoto said...

Excellent pictures, great post.

Salut, Francesc

Tara said...

This is uber cool :)

Leif Hagen said...

Fun, cute sculpture, Kitty!

I wonder if you'll be posting a 9/11 tenth anniversary something?

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone!

Leif, I will consider it. We've driven by the buildings which have grown a bit. I'll try to get there this weekend!

Daniel I. Raskin said...

Excellent Hotel. Try the ginger drinks at the beer garden! and the beer!