Last month I told you about Tatzu Nishi’s exhibit at Columbus Circle, Discovering Columbus. Well last week we had a little surprise and went on an office outing to see the exhibit. It’s nice to get out of the office during the day, see a little sun (or cloud in my case) and take a little breather. We typically don’t have office outings, mainly because we are so so busy during the day!
I’ve been reading up on Tatzu Nishi quite a bit since I heard of this exhibit. I admire his ability to think out the box (literally) and envision a new way to experience landmarks that many of us take for granted. I’ve walked past Christopher Columbus’s statue a countless number of times, sat on the steps of the statue, near the fountain, and I’ve never experienced it like this. The view of Central Park alone was something I couldn’t imagine. I had seen it from Time Warner Center, and from various apartments, but to see it so close and from this height was gorgeous. And Nishi’s Living Room idea was grand. People were siting on the sofas and chairs, reading books from the bookcase and enjoying their day.
What I took away from the exhibit was not only that it was innovative, but also that you can add humor to your work if it’s done correctly. Did you notice the wallpaper? The pink (yes pink!) wallpaper had illustrations of McDonald’s, Mickey Mouse, a hot dog, the Empire State Building, Michael Jackson and even Marilyn Monroe! All American icons and all right here in Columbus’s living room.
I got to flip through this book, highlighting much of Tatzu Nishi’s work and it’s already on my list of books for my own bookshelf. He’s created similar works in other cities, all with their own humorous touch. If you like this exhibit, you must take a look at the rest of his work. His creativity is truly inspiring.