Gallery: PHOTOS: Construction on 6-Story-High Living Room in Columbus C...

NYC has been buzzing about a crazy new art installation that will allow New Yorkers to climb up to a 6-story-high "living room" above Columbus Circle and see the lofty sculpture of Chris C. that resides there up close. Up until now we only had renderings of "Discovering Columbus," which was conceived by artist Tatzu Nishi, but yesterday we were able to snap some shots of the structure as it climbed higher and higher into the sky. Click through our gallery to take a peek at this highly anticipated piece of public art before it opens in September.

Most New Yorkers have seen the statue of Christopher Columbus that sits high above Columbus Circle, but “Discovering Columbus” promises an entirely new way to experience it. Conceived by Tatzu Nishi and the New York Public Art Fund, the soon-to-be-unveiled exhibition is a scaffolded tower that surrounds the monument, allowing people to climb up to the top where a living room awaits. Once inside the room, visitors will be able to view, converse with or photograph the statue from an angle that would have been impossible.

The pop-up room will have all of the creature comforts of a real living room like couches, lamps and coffee tables, so tourist can relax there for a while and also appreciate some breathtaking views of Central Park. “Discovering Columbus” is expected to open on September 20th and will remain on display until November 18th, after which it will be used by restoration workers to give the statue of Columbus a facelift.

+ Tatzu Nishi

+ Public Art Fund

Photos © Yuka Yoneda

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