Temporary Public Art: “…a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

December 7, 2011  |   Events,   News,   World
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Artist Will Ryman’s towering rose sculptures have been seen all over the US and across New York’s Park Avenue. Sculptor Will Ryman, whose monochromatic roses (most recently seen on Park Avenue) are scattered around the grounds in the form of petal chairs and towering, long-stemmed arrangements.

Paul Kasmin Gallery, in conjunction with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Fund for the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee, presented Will Ryman’s THE ROSES, a site-specific installation that 'bloomed' along Park Avenue from January through May 2011.

This year, Miami’s Art Basel enjoyed the addition of a colossal rose bed, soaring at over 20 feet high, over the beach front of the Sagamore Hotel. Set to “bloom” on November 27, the rose will remain on display though December 4, the last day of the celebrated Art Basel Fair.

Will Ryman’s 65TH STREET was publicly installed on the hotel’s beachfront for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. A towering sculpture with one bud reaching as high as 22 feet, the exhibit reflects Ryman’s flair for the dramatic and absurdly wonderful.

A native New Yorker, Will Ryman is internationally known for his large-scale figurative sculptures based on urban scenes and oversized flora. His work steadily incorporates a range of materials including plaster, fiberglass, stainless steel, paper machê, magic sculpt, brass, copper tubing, and cast aluminum. A writer turned artist, Ryman’s work is heavily influenced by the works of absurdist playwrights and philosophers.