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Romanian Artist To Unveil Egg-Shaped Sculpture at Tribeca Park

By Katherine Lavacca | June 29, 2017 9:35am
 Leonard Usachi's sculpture,
Leonard Usachi's sculpture, "What a Wonderful World," will be unveiled Thursday evening.
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Leonard Usachi

MANHATTAN — Tribeca Park will become home to an 8-foot tall egg-shaped sculpture on Thursday when the piece has its official unveiling.

The sculpture, called "What a Wonderful World," is the work of Romanian-born artist Leonard Ursachi. It was woven from branches and features a sketch of the map of the world, which was done using colored cement. The branches take on the appearance of a massive nest with two mirrors set into the recesses of the nearly 6-foot-wide sculpture.

"What a Wonderful World" is the newest installment of Ursachi's "bunker" series, which he says "reference not only war but also nests, shelter and refuge."

The artist has previously had pieces exhibited at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, DUMBO and Prospect Park. Ursachi uses "architectural references as tropes for systems that enclose and exclude, protect and reject," according to his website.

"I created 'What a Wonderful World' in the form of an egg because, aside from referencing conflict as a bunker with its recessed embrasures, I also chose to reference growth and hope," Ursachi said in a statement. "Its form is a nod to Brancusi’s egg, which he called 'The Newborn'."

Ursachi will attend the sculpture's opening on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.