Madison Square Park Conservancy also runs the park’s popular public art program.
Since 2004, the Mad. Sq. Art Program has been partnering with acclaimed, visionary artists to realize outdoor work on a monumental scale, work that complements and enhances the environment. These projects are free to the public and have made Madison Square Park a world-renowned cultural destination.
Last spring Big Bling, a forty-foot high, temporary multi-tier structure by the acclaimed American artist Martin Puryear was installed in the middle of the lawn.
|Esplanade in Batter Park City|
The Museum of Modern Art in New York presented in 2007-2008 a major exhibition of the sculpture of Martin Puryear. The retrospective featured approximately forty-five sculptures.
New York already has a permanent outdoor sculpture by the artist. Two tall stainless steel columns create a symbolic portal at the river’s edge in Battery Park on the Esplanade in Batter Park City, just north of North Cove. One of the columns is airy and open and made of wire mesh; the other solid and angular.
Big Bling is the largest temporary outdoor sculpture Puryear has created. Big Bling is part animal form, part abstract sculpture, and part intellectual meditation. "Bling", a slang term for flashy jewelry and accessories, is rooted in urban youth, hip-hop and rap culture of the 1990s.
The sculpture is on view in Madison Square Park through April 2nd, 2017. Following New York, Big Bling will travel for installation in Philadelphia.