In this wonderful, diverse city you can find all kinds of crazy art. Much of this art is distinctive to the NYC area – you won’t find it anywhere else in the world, unless someone bought it!
New York City Garbage Cubes
Yes, this is for real. A rather enterprising individual decided picking garbage and “artfully” arranging it in Lucite cubes and then selling it would make him rich.
It did not in fact make him rich, but it has provided a small flow of income. The cubes start at around $50, and he has sold upwards of 1300 of them since 2001. They are now all over the world – Brazil, Malaysia, South Korea and basically all of Europe.
There are the regular garbage cubes, and then he created numerous special event and special place ones. For example you get a cube with garbage from Yankee Stadium, a special filled with garbage from Times Square on New Years Eve, a cube to celebrate the day gay marriage became legal and many more.
He even went so far as to work on a few pieces that were commissioned. Essentially, a large Lucite box the size and shape of a coffee table filled with garbage.
People buy some crazy stuff!
The Fabulous Street Art Of NYC
Street art, or graffiti, is actually really taking off. The fact is, some of this art is among the best in the world for the sheer size, color, and awesomeness. Every major city in the world has graffiti but rather than be embarrassed or try to cover it up, the people of NYC revel in the art.
You can get tours to go see some of the most famous painted buildings in NYC. From the Wooster Street building to the Meatpacking District, there is graffiti art everywhere.
The Red Cube
The Red Cube is said to represent a roll of chance as it is shaped like a die and is placed in the Financial District of New York.
The fact is, Noguchi (the artist and creator of the Red Cube) wasn’t a gambler and his background in landscape design makes it pretty clear the Cube is not a die.
Brilliant red, with a gray hole through the middle angled to provide a view of a building if looked through, the Red Cube provides some color and art in an otherwise drab brown and gray location.
It was placed in 1967, and thousands of sculpture and art lovers visit the site yearly for a picture.