Last weekend artist Will Ryman and his crew installed 40 gigantic pink and red rose blossoms sprouting 25 feet above the street on Park Avenue. The colorful blossoms, composed of fiberglass and stainless steel, range 5 to 10 feet in diameter. For a naturalistic effect, petals are scattered along the ground. For entomologically-inclined, 1-to-2-foot beetles, bees, ladybugs and aphids. are nestled inside and around the buds.
Ryman cites the opening sequence of the David Lynch film “Blue Velvet” as an inspiration for this new site-specific installation. “At first, there’s this house with a white picket fence, this perfect world,” Mr. Ryman said of the film. “But then the camera pans from a cheerful bed of roses to a churning, bug-filled underworld that is primal, menacing and, I think, ultimately the truth.”
“The Roses” will be on display through May 31, 2011. They are located at the Park Avenue Mall between 57th and 67th Streets.