Despite my subway snafu, Eddie and I made our way to City Hall Park to enjoy the Public Art Fund's
Oh, actually, on our way there, we found some other art at a construction site:
Some of the art was inventive.
|New Beaches, Justin Matherly, 2012|
Some of the art was eerie. (Eddie was like, what's that woman staring at? Then we walked over and were like, ohhhhh).
|Common Ground, Christian Jankowski, 2012|
Some of it was slightly creepy. To make it less creepy, we did this:
|Memorial For Unknown Artist, Thomas Shutte, 2011, and Eddie 2012|
Some of it was good, old-fashioned fun.
|Now, Speak!, Amalia Pica, 2011, and my head.|
|Daddies Ketchup, Paul McCarthy, 2001, and me|
|Always Anyone, Anywhere, Anything, Anytime and For Any Reason, Matthew Day Jackson, 2011, and sleeping man|
Some of the art was sittable, meaning we sat on benches that were art.
|Truisms and Memorial Benches, Jenny Holzer, 1987 & 1996|
After ten sculptures and a walk around the park, we were feeling the city heat and decided to head back uptown to Times Square where we found ourselve on the big screen.
|Seriously, we're in there, right in the middle, both holding cameras at the screen.|
Then, based on a hot tip from S, we cooled off at M&M World and met Osi Umenyiora. He's on the NY Giants. That's a football team. I looked up the spelling of his name, which shows how much I actually care about this.
This encounter was your typical Christina-Is-Awkward moment. Eddie stepped up to him and was like, What's up, Champ? They shook hands and made nice while I was handing someone my camera and asking her to take our picture. Eddie asked him where his rings were and he answered that he didn't wear those out. I was like, Oh he was looking forward to seeing them! No one acknowledged that I said anything. Everyone posed for the camera. Then Eddie was like, Win another one for us! And he responded, No doubt! And I collected my camera and dignity and we left. In their defense, they are both over a foot taller than I am so it's quite easy to forget I'm there when you're eye level with someone else.
We met up with S at the candy wall. Some good music came on, so we line danced with the staff of M&M World which included both the yellow and blue M&Ms but did not include Eddie. I know where I belong, and it's not among the tall people but among those who dance.
We left quickly to grab some pizza. Eddie managed to give the wall a taste.
On the train home, we saw our final piece of art, a line drawing that made us laugh.
So why does art matter? It makes a great date. It gives us memories. It allows us to discuss and explore and laugh laugh laugh.