Tatzu Nishi (b. 1960, Nagoya, Japan) is known internationally for his temporary works of art that transform our experience of monuments, statues, and architectural details. His installations give the public intimate access to aspects of our urban environment and at the same time radically alter our perceptions. For his first public project in the United States, Nishi has chosen to focus on the historic statue of Christopher Columbus.
For ‘Discovering Columbus‘, unveiled by the Public Art Fund this week, Nishi has enclosed the 13-foot-tall statue in a fully furnished living room. It features tables, chairs, couch, rug, a flat-screen TV, and wallpaper inspired by the artist’s memories of American pop culture.
The monument is located in the center of Columbus Circle at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park South (West 59 Street), and Central Park West. It is the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.