Pining for some new public art

Courtesy of Studio SM

Courtesy of Studio SM

The Parks Department and Cynthia-Reeves Projects, in cooperation with the Union Square Partnership, will debut “Lotus,” above, by Seoul-based artist Jaehyo Lee, in Union Square Park this month. Located at the park’s southeastern triangle, the exhibition will be on view through October. Lee exhibits internationally, with recent works included at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, London’s Saatchi Gallery and Korea’s Sungkok Museum. “Lotus” follows Lee’s signature use of Korean big-cone pine. For this work, the artist meticulously carved, shaped and burned the individual wood elements, which are attached to a steel armature that stretches 12 feet high.

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