Everything’s Coming Up Roses

photo courtesy of nycgovparks.org

I was in a cab on the way home from work on another rainy, snowy night when I saw this trio of tall, beautiful pink and red roses. I blinked twice and rubbed my eyes to make sure of what I was seeing. And sure enough, they were still there.

Turns out they are rose sculptures, part of a public Art in the Parks exhibit by artist Will Ryman called The Roses. The exhibit includes 38 rose sculptures, some as tall as 25-feet, along Park Avenue between 57th and 67th street, and will be on display until May.

There’s been a bit of a debate on whether the roses are a unique and stunning vision for New Yorkers, or nothing more than a gigantic eyesore. Personally, after weeks of dreary, gray skies and wet weather, it was a lovely surprise to see something pretty and unexpected in the middle of NYC, so I like it. But I can see how some people might think it’s a bit…much.

What’s your vote?

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