Look for Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument at the northwest corner of Union Square. The monument to Andy Warhol, the father of Pop Art and one of New York’s cultural icons, is installed just outside the building that housed Warhol’s “Factory” for more than ten years in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Like the nearby monuments to Gandhi, Lincoln, and Washington, the seven-foot-tall figure stands on a concrete pedestal. It’s surface is a highly reflective chrome.
Pruitt hopes the monument will embody the spirit of Warhol and the Downtown cultural movement. “Every day a thousand more kids come to New York propelled by his legacy. And even if the decades pass and Warhol’s legacy becomes further distant, there is a direct link to him—this pilgrimage, coming here to make it big, to be an artist,” said Pruitt. “Like Oscar Wilde’s grave at Pere Lachaise, there should be a destination in New York to mark that journey. I think something needs to be in the streets of New York, something you could visit at 4:30 in the morning.”
More info can be found on the project’s website.
The Andy Monument is in the pedestrian mall at the northwest corner of Union Square at 17th Street and Broadway.
Subways: L,N,Q,R,4,5,6 to Union Square
A free Guide By Cell explanation of the work will be available by calling 646.862.0945.