Today the Public Art Fund announced that it had extended Ugo Rondinone‘s installation of nine massive, humanoid stone sculptures in Rockefeller Plaza,”Human Nature,” by a full month, moving its closing date back from June 7 to July 7. “After only a couple of weeks on view, the public response has been so overwhelming that we’re extending it by a month,” said Public Art Fund director and chief curator Nicholas Baume. “Millions more visitors will now be able to experience the power of ‘Human Nature.'”
The sculptures “are surprisingly witty,” ARTINFO‘s Rozalia Jovanovic wrote in her one-line review of the show, “transforming Rock Center plaza (where the Christmas tree stands each year) into a mythic but playful outdoor garden that impresses itself upon you less in specific visuals (though the figures’ jaunty boulder heads and long towering limbs quickly become seared into your memory) than in the collective — taken together, the forms have a mesmerizing and slightly mocking aura.”
Rondinone’s “Human Nature” remains on view in Rockefeller Plaza through July 7.
— Benjamin Sutton
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