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NYC Developers on Putting Public Art in New Private Buildings


Sky is a 71-story rental residential building in Midtown West. Not only does the building’s infinity-loop motor court feature a custom Yayoi Kusama-carved bronze pumpkin (one of the most Instagrammed pieces of art in NYC) but there is an artisan-made chandelier in the lobby and more art scattered throughout the building, i.e. two of Kusama’s “Infinity Net” paintings, a fiberglass Kusama pumpkin positioned on the wall at the building’s fitness entrance, and extravagant paintings, “Lead Paintings” by Gunther Forg, ”Sunset at Palm Marina” by Nezih Cavusoglu and “Irregular Curves” by Sol LeWitt.

And even more impressive is the Sky Art’s 10,000 square foot exhibition space. Sky Art is described as a temporary nonprofit that hosts art shows. The current exhibit, Ugo Rondinone’s I heart John Giorno.

“We at The Moinian Group felt it was important to offer our residents at Sky a complete art experience. Our goal was for residents of Sky to feel the immediate embrace of extraordinary artwork the moment they stepped into the building. By fusing the sophistication of Sky’s Rockwell Group-designed interiors with imaginative art pieces from award-winning artists, such as Yayoi Kusama, we ultimately created a space that art lovers could appreciate. Our residents are attracted to great artwork and, by incorporating that into our building, we brought an exclusive offering that set Sky apart from the other residences in the marketplace.”

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