NY -- NYC -- Public Art: Giant Needle and Button (by Judith Weller):
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NEEDLE_031009_02.JPG: This work stands in the middle of the fashion district of New York City. The lady in the booth indicated that quite a few garment industries had been moving out of town over the last few years.
Atlas Obscura Description: Giant Needle and Button
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Walking down 7th avenue in Manhattan’s fashion district, you might be surprised to see a massive button and needle leaning against the Fashion District Information Center. While the sculpture was designed in the style of works by Claes Oldenburg, it was designed and built along with the information center by Pentagram Architectural Services.
Just next to the information booth, a statue of a garment worker toils in the shadow of the huge needle and button. This weathered-looking bronze statue is a work by Judith Weller. It depicts her father, one of a great many Jewish immigrants who moved to New York and wound up working in the garment district. Looming over the immigrant worker, the needle and button feel less whimsical and more menacingly oppressive.
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