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Artist Gets Tied Up In Madison Square Park Exhibit

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A new arts installation in Madison Square Park is offering a colorful embrace. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

New York artist Orly Genger is giving a New Yorkers a big hug through her art in Madison Square Park.

"I wanted to create spaces within the park that people can walk into and feel like they were being held," says Genger.


There are three massive sculptures made with her signature material rope.

"The piece is made up of about 1.4 million feet of reclaimed lobster rope, which was collected all across the eastern seaboard," says Genger. "And the process was I hand knotted the rope and into these kind of long strips and then painted them, primed it then painted it, and that was about a two year process. Then it came here and started installing it a few weeks ago and started building it up layer by layer."

The blue rope looks like arms and hands reaching out to park goers.

"The park makes me feel wonderful. The addition of the sculptures is just a wow," notes one park goer.

While there is just yellow blue and red ropes, green is also part of it.

"I love the way it frames the green, I like the way they, it just creates a framing. I think it’s beautiful," says one park goer.

It's the biggest installation in the Madison Square Park conservancy's 10 year history and it is the first to go on tour after it closes in September.

Meanwhile, Genger's work is not just limited to public installations.

"She is also known for the jewelry she makes," says Madison Square Park Conservancy President Debbie Landau.

Orly Genger will be roping people in at Madison Square Park now through September 8.

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