Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus | Columbus Circle, New York CityA few weeks ago at Columbus Circle, I noticed that the monument to Christopher Columbus is shrouded in scaffolding. This has been built for a dual purpose -- beginning in November, it will be used so that conservators can clean and restore the 120-year-old monument. But until then, the area atop the scaffold has been transformed by artist Tatzu Nishi into a living room where you can see the Columbus statue up close and personal.
The installation runs through November 18. Admission is free, but timed tickets are required and can be requested at http://www.publicartfund.org/ or on the third floor of the Time Warner Center
The monument is located in the center of Columbus Circle at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South (West 59 Street), and Central Park West. It is the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.
Happy Columbus Day!