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will ryman: the roses
feb 06, 2011
will ryman: the roses


four roses sit in the middle of a busy new york city intersection
images courtesy of paul kasmin gallery / © KB projects

artist will ryman has created ‘the roses’, a site specific installation that scatters roses along park avenue
between 57th and 67th street in new york city. the project is part of an inaugural public art installation
hosted this year by paul kasmin gallery in conjunction with new york city’s department of parks and
recreation and the fund for the park avenue sculpture committee

temporarily transforming park avenue, the installation consists of thirty eight variously clustered pink
and red roses and twenty scattered petals.


‘the roses’ by will ryman


paying homage to the city’s larger than life qualities, the over-sized sculptures – which range from three
to twenty five feet in height – dominate the streetscape, overshadowing street lamps, vehicles and
pedestrians. the imposing and humorous pieces, which will remain in place throughout the spring, vibrantly
contrast and enliven the dull winter atmosphere. 


small roses sprout from beneath the snow

blossoms ranging from five to ten feet in diameter are perched upon painted steel stems. constructed from
stainless steel, yacht grade fiberglass resin, automotive paint and brass, the sculptures are designed to
withstand various and changing elements.


detail of the petals


critters scurry around some of the flowers adding elements of both reality and humor to the pieces


detail of buds


rose petals ‘blow’ down park avenue

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