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New Art Installation 'Melts' Into Lincoln Center

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A new art installation at Lincoln Center is larger than life.

Called "Melt to Earth", the display is made up of 14 aluminum sculptures placed around the Revson Fountain.

Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry created the fourteen boldly colored sculptures.

Curry says all of the statues started off as human figures and then morphed into things like animals and aliens.

He even used some of the scrap cut out of the larger displays to make some of the smaller figures around the fountain.

"They all start with maquettes made of wood or cardboard and it has a sort of process that, they're usually about three feet tall and then they're scanned and blown up and made out of aluminum, and it's just sort of this idea of taking something. I always think about it like taking a guitar, plugging it into an amplifier and cranking it up to 10," Curry said.

"We've had visual art here at Lincoln Center for...since its creation. So this is kind of an update. What's different here is that we commissioned site specific work from artists for this purpose," said Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy.

Since it’s visible from the street, Lincoln Center estimates more than a million people will see the installation at some point over the next few months.

"It's real exciting and it's not necessarily just an arts crowd, which is wonderful I think. It's hard to pull people into art galleries sometimes to see artwork so this is out here in your face whether you like it or not," Curry added.

If the sculptures seem a bit hip and even "street" for Lincoln center, that's the idea.

That was our endeavor, it was to fill people with surprise...both the traditionalists who come to Lincoln Center but also the tourist or passerby who come to Lincoln Center and maybe expect something very staid, very traditional. We want to surprise them, we want to delight them," Levy said.

The sculptures will be on display through January.

For more information on the exhibit visit lincolncenter.org.

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