Flock of Sheep, Giant Mouse Join Tourists in Times Square

By DNAinfo Staff on March 1, 2011 5:11pm

By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — A 9-foot tall bronze mouse and a flock of paper sheep are giving Times Square tourists more to gawk at.

The new art installation, which coincides with the beginning of the Armory Show, was unveiled Tuesday on the Broadway plazas between West 45th and 47th streets.

One of the installations, called "Counting Sheep," features 24 hand-made paper sheep standing around in front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Artists Kyu Seok Oh, 63, who lives near Wall Street, said it took him 10 months to complete the flock, which he hoped would give people in the square something to smile about.

"People need some kind of humor," he said.

Victoria Huston-Elem, 26, who lives in Washington Heights, couldn't help but stop and pose with the sheep.

"It's sort of reflective of what people look like when they visit here," she said, taking a jab at the tourists who frequently wander the square aimlessly.

TriBeCa artist Grimanesa Amoros's sculpture, "The Uros House," features a spire of clear bubbles designed to look like the islands of Lake Titicaca in her native Peru.

But actress Morgan Fluss, 25, who lives in Murray Hill, saw something a little different in the patterned spheres.

"It looks like something Lady Gaga would wear so I want to climb inside of it!" said Fluss, 25, who gave the installation high marks.

Amoros said that hearing people's interpretations of her work was part of the fun.

"It's unbelievable. It's like a dream to be standing here and to hear what people have to say," she said.

Glenn Weiss, the director of the public art program at the Times Square Alliance, which organized the show, said that part of his goal was to establish Times Square as a place for more than just Broadway shows and billboards.

"It makes them think differently about Times Square," he said of the art.

Helio Araujo, 50, who was visiting with his family from Brazil, said that he loved the idea, especially the sheep.

"It's surprising," he said. "It draws your attention."

The other projects on display include a 9-foot tall statue of a bronze mouse by Tom Otterness, a 10-foot tall sculpture by Brooklyn artist David Kennedy Cutler made from more than a thousand CDs, and a voluptuous female figure made of ceramic tiles and glass pebbles by Niki de Saint Phalle.

The statues will be on display through next Monday, March 7.

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