Artist Will Ryman just debuted a site-specific art installation called “The Roses” that consists of 38 rose blossoms as high as 25 feet plus 20 individual sculptures of scattered rose petals! (Coolest part? 6 of the 20 scattered petals have been comfort tested to double as lawn chairs.) Covering 10 blocks of Park Avenue in New York City, the roses magically appear out of nowhere like a fanciful dream! The red and pink roses are meant to liven up the city when it's going through its “traditionally bleaker winter months” and serve as the artist's giant love letter to the city.
Look closely and you'll see that each cluster includes a ladybug, aphid, beetle or bee for an element of both reality and humor.
"With these roses I wanted to do something that was larger than life and site-specific. In my work I always try to combine fantasy with reality. In the case of The Roses, I tried to convey New York City's larger than life qualities through scale; creating blossoms which are imposing, humorous, and hopefully beautiful," comments artist Will Ryman.