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Artist's Sculptures Of NYC Buildings On Display On East Side

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The city's biggest and best known buildings may be constructed of steel and stone, but for one artist, they are completely malleable, and that makes for some very interesting sightseeing on the East Side. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

With sculptures up and down Park Avenue, artist Alexandre Arrechea is on top of the world, or at least New York City. And like some of his sculptures of iconic NYC buildings, Alex's head is spinning just thinking about just how big it all is.

"It's the first time, of course, that I have been experiencing such a big exposure of my work," he says. "So far, it's been great."

The project is called No Limits. It includes 10 sculptures along Park Avenue from 54th Street to 67th Street. It's organized by the Fund for Park Avenue, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Magnan Metz Gallery, which represents Alex.

Even though the exhibit was supposed to be completely installed several weeks ago, it was delayed with last-minute upgrades to the bases.

Bow is the perfect time to see all the works, including the Citicorp Center at 54th street, the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, the Helmsley Building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, the Seagram Building, the Sherry Netherland, the U.S. Courthouse and the MetLife building as a spinning top at 67th Street.

"The city and the parks department had to improve the engineering design of this piece," says Alberto Magnan of MagnanMetz Gallery.

Alex is Cuban, but lives and works in Spain. New York City is a home away from home for him. The sculptures reflect Alex's ideas about the economy, architecture and the city itself, a city that is always changing.

"Hemsley is the snake that bites its own tail, and, well, here are witnessing it on how it does that," Arrechea says. "So this particular is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, because in some way, for me, it's a metaphor of all that is New York for me in some ways, sort of this beast that is trying to devour itself daily so to become a new one again."

The sculptures are meant to interact with the city, and we're meant to interact with them as well. We can spin them, sit on them and, in some cases, look up at the sculpture to the real thing, in which case, your head might just spin, too.

The exhibit runs through June 9. For more information, go to www.nycgovparks.org/art and magnanmetz.com.

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