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Flatiron Hot! News | August 17, 2017

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Coming and Going: New Fata Morgana Section Frames Flatiron Building; Globes Say Goodbye

Coming and Going:  New Fata Morgana Section Frames Flatiron Building; Globes Say Goodbye
Tod Shapiro

Reported by the Flatiron Hot! News Staff

There was some real action – both coming and going – in Madison Square Park on Tuesday morning. The Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Public Art Program was hopping, as another section in the southeast corner of the Park near the Shake Shack site was finished, with the shiny reflective silver pieces hoisted in place in the recently completed scaffolding. This section, for the first time, frames the Flatiron Building itself as one walks south along the Park’s north-south path, and begins to give a sense of the possibilities of this imposing and major (and controversial!) work. The initial concern of the over-bearing scaffolding footprint to the casual observer gave way to a cavalcade of reflective light and optical action, as the sunlight, the green grass, and the wind on the leaves created a shimmering, alternating view of the familiar landmarks, especially the Flatiron Building in the distance. One can now see the power, and the play of the light and tall structures beginning to come together. The presence of the scaffolding over the past few weeks has been a downer and has left area residents scratching their heads at an intrusion on Mad Square Park’s greenery, but this unique artistic vision begins to show that, for the next six months, it may be a truly remarkable sight to see. Come check it out yourself if you can, or take a quick look at our video clip and form your own opinion.

In the meantime, the popular Gazing Globes were being carted away after having their moment in the sun these past few weeks. The workers carefully removed the globes from their standing pedestals, even as the Fata Morgana exhibit was slowly inching toward completion. If you want to take a last look at the Globes, come quick!