Tag Archives: Morningside Heights

THE HUNGARIAN PASTRY SHOP

MY FRIENDS….THE OWNERS……sitting there in the outdoor chairs…….

invite you to enjoy a cappuccino….croissants and other Eastern European

treats……up in Morningside Heights.

Two PHOENIXES Float in New York

The PHOENIXES were born in CHINA …..and now they float in  New York City.

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These monumental birds soar in the nave of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights.

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Xu Bing…….a world famous artist………was in the Cathedral with a crew if 8 erecting the birds and then hoisting them 20 feet up into the air.

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This is HUANG……the female……..soaring toward the bronze doors of the church.

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She is poised to take flight in the middle of the night.

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The tail of FENG….the male……….sails away from the alter.

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The birds bodies are constructed from salvaged construction debris…….pliers, saws…..screw drivers….hammers and shovel heads.

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In China’s history, Phoenixes represent luck…….prosperity and power.

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Xu Bing.………a conceptual atist…… has used plastic tubing to create these fantastic wings…….tiny lights edging the “feathers”.

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The two birds weigh over 12 tons………they measure 90 and 100 feet long.  They take on a sacred quality in the Cathedral.  You can see them soar here for one year.