Though Tatzu Nishi’s “Discovering Columbus” living room installation around Columbus Circle’s statue of the Italian explorer was remarkably unharmed by Hurricane Sandy’s strong winds, it did close for several days during the storm, driving up demand for entry into the already-sold out Public Art Fund commission. To sate the Columbus-loving masses, the PAF has extended the exhibition by two weeks: now it will close on December 2, rather than the originally planned November 18.
“Even when we reopened last Thursday, there were a lot of people with tickets who couldn’t get there because of all the transit issues,” PAF director and chief curator Nicholas Baume told the New York Times. “Before Sandy we had thoughts of extending it,” he added. “But after the hurricane we felt it was crucial.”
Since opening in September Nishi’s installation — which is free with timed entry tickets from the PAF website — has seen some 60,000 visitors, and Baume predicts another 20,000 will ascend to Columbus’s living room before it’s dismantled early next month.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image via Public Art Fund/Tumblr.)