‘big kastenmann’ by erwin wurm standard hotel plaza, new york

 

 

austrian artist erwin wurm has been commissioned to create a new 18-foot sculpture entitled ‘big kastenmann’, now set up in the plaza of the prominent standard hotel in new york. wurm is well known for his quirky, humorous approach and often large-scale installations, ‘big kastenmann’ echos these characteristics where the name, translating to ‘big box man’ in english,  already demonstrates this. the piece is a tall cast aluminum form with brushed metal legs supporting a polished body with no head, giving the giant figure a distinct surrealist feel. the torso dons a gentlemanly jacket and is partially coated in dripping pink enamel paint. the work was forged in the strassacker foundry in sussen, germany, and is a mammoth version of the artist’s ‘kastenmann’ from 2010.

erwin wurm: big kastenmann at the standard new york the 18 foot sculpture is set up in the plaza of the prominent standard hotel in new york

 

wurm says of his new creation: ‘my work is very much about interaction, and the standard’s location and the size of the work ensure that ‘big kastenmann’ will be accessible to many people, which is the essence of public art‘.

erwin wurm: big kastenmann at the standard new york

erwin wurm: big kastenmann at the standard new york

a video demonstrating the installation of the sculpture