What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, the Virgin Mary and Andy Warhol have in common? Answer – they all have statues in Union Square, NYC.
Yesterday “The Andy Monument,” a semi-accurate sculpture of the Pop artist Andy Warhol, was unveiled on the northwest corner of Union Square. The sculpture was built by artist Rob Pruitt. Standing 10 feet tall on a cast concrete pedestal on Broadway, the monument’s chrome-plated exterior catches the light easily and glistens and shimmers bright even in the evening light.
According to reporter Jerry Saltz, as Pruitt introduced the monument to the crowd, he said, “I hope you like it for more than fifteen minutes.” He then wondered out loud whether being pictured alongside it would make him look fat The audience included friends and colleagues of the artist, the press and curious passers-by. Several cans of Campbell’s Tomato soup were placed at the statue’s shining feet.
“The Andy Monument” was sponsored by the Public Art Fund and will be on display through Oct. 2, 2011. It is located within sight of two of the buildings that formerly housed Warhol’s famous Factory, 33 Union Square West and 860 Broadway.
Check out The Andy Monument for more details on the sculpture and the artist Rob Pruitt.