The Roses on Park Avenue
Transforming Park Avenue into a fanciful garden, Will Ryman’s 38 sculptures of rose blossoms towering as high as 25 feet, complimented by 20 individual scattered rose petals, will festoon Park Avenue Mall between 57th and 67th Streets in the artist’s inaugural public art exhibition. Reflecting Ryman’s flair for the dramatic and absurdly wonderful, roses painted in shades of pink and red will spring up in vibrant contrast to the traditionally bleaker winter months preceding spring in the artist’s large-scale love letter to New York City.
About the Artist
Will Ryman (b. in 1969; lives and works in New York) created The Roses, an outdoor public art installation on the Park Avenue Malls from 57th to 67th Streets in 2011. The site-specific installation consisted of 38 sculptures of vividly colored pink and red rose blossoms, some towering as high as 25 feet, complimented by 20 individual rose petals scattered randomly on the median malls. Combining fantasy with reality, The Roses are made of stainless steel and fiberglass, and many of the sculptures contain individual bugs, beetles or bees. Ryman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at 7 World Trade Center, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, among others. A writer turned artist, Ryman’s work is also heavily influenced by the works of absurdist playwrights and philosophers.