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Friday, November 1, 2013

THE NEW 10TH AVENUE

photo courtesy of Jen P. Hopkins
Jen and I push our way off the 23 Crosstown bus and stroll down 10th Ave, on our way to an art gallery and then The High Line. Cars are honking, sirens are blaring and behind a white picket fence we spy this scene.
I laugh out loud at the incongruity of largest swath of lawn in Chelsea with grazing sheep. Getty Station a new public art program just opened its inaugural show, Sheep Station by the late Francois-Xavier Lalanne, featuring 25 of his epoxy stone and bronze 'Moutons'. I'm assured by a gallery attendant that there are two kinds of sod, Kentucky blue grass and another kind that he can't remember and I can't identify.
This was an actual filling station, much as I remember it, in a commercial neighborhood now with rolling hills and lolling sheep.
The pleasure of walking anywhere in this city is stumbling across the surreal, and in this area, The High Line is responsible for a renaissance.

4 comments:

BFF Nana said...

The scene is as surreal and delightful as you described. We happened upon it (all right we were looking for it) as we went down 10th Ave on our way to a party at about 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. There were many people surrounding it, snapping photos on their smart phones and asking the knowledgeable guard lots of questions. Thanks for the "heads up."

Ellen Spector Platt said...

that's 239 10th Ave @ W. 24th St.

Enie Dub said...

Very cool!

Oh and Greetings from Ireland!

Ellen Spector Platt said...

Enie, and greetings to U in Ireland.

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