Baa Humbug


The grass is greener . . .for now
This bucolic scene, with green grass and 25 grazing  moutons by the late sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne, has been installed on the site of the former Getty station at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 24th Street in the heart of Chelsea. Its appearance can mean only one thing: The lot is about to be developed.
According to the handout available at the site, this "public art program [was] . . . conceived by real estate developer and art collector Michael Shvo to bring outdoor exhibitions to a broad audience in the center of the High Line arts district." So generous of Shvo to bring art to Chelsea. There's so little of it there.

Keep reading the handout and you come to this: "The Getty filling station . . . will be transformed to the premier collection of luxury residences near the High Line."
Shvo is not the only developer making the neighborhood safe for the super wealthy--the 20s between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues are screeching with the sound of development--but he's the only one doing it in sheep's clothing.


annell said...

Interesting....someone is looking out for the wealthy.

Dana S. Whitney said...

Let's hope that it garners sufficient interest (the art installations) that they KEEP a public art space that is accessible, not only to the $.01 percent.

Bernard Klevickas said...

It's Baaaaahhhdd!

Xliontamer said...

would have made a much greater impact if there were live sheep.