Two Orchids, a Pair of 30-Foot-Tall Metal Flowers Installed in Central Park

Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Photo: Central Park
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Photo: Central Park
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Photo: Central Park
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Two Orchids - Isa Genzken
Photo: Central Park

German sculpture artist Isa Genzken is the latest to have her work installed by the Public Art Fund in Central Park. Two Orchids are exactly what they sound like, only about 30-feet tall and thousands of pounds heavier.

For eminent German artist Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe), the mass-produced white orchid has become the quintessential flower of our age: global, accessible, and open to interpretation. Rising to 28 and 34 feet respectively, the paired stems of Genzken’s towering sculpture wind elegantly skyward, capturing light and casting shadows in a play of rhyming forms. Two Orchids heralds the entrance to Central Park in voluptuous full flower, its pristine white petals free from any blemishes. It stands as an idealized, colossal version of the familiar plant: a civic monument to the perfect orchid, now the chosen ornament of contemporary culture.

You can view Two Orchids near 60th St and Fifth Avenue until August 21st, 2016.

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