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Grand Hyatt Wants You To Join The Dream

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December 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

It's been six months since Spanish artist Jaume Plensa wowed New Yorkers by placing a 44 ft tall, elongated fiberglass female head smack in the middle of Madison Square Park. Those who saw the piece, titled "Echo," will undoubtedly notice the resemblance in Plensa's new twin sculptures, located inside the recently-renovated Grand Hyatt.

For the renovations, which happened in multiple phases, and only yesterday were fully unveiled to the public, the hotel has gone a little gaga over its art collection.

For starters, there's the twin "Awilda" and "Chloe" sculptures by Plensa, which hang out in the lobby. Their material is apparently the same white macael marble used in ancient Rome. Try walking by these ladies without stopping to stare, at least for a little while. Go on, we dare you...

Elsewhere in the hotel, new spaces are being illuminated by works from Per Fronth, who has created murals of New York for inside the hotel's 1,306 rooms, and German artist Burghard Muller-Dannhausen, who contributed panels of color to the Gallery on Lex event space. Not to be confused with the Lexicon Lounge, the equally-handsome—though much more intimate—second-floor lobby area at Hyatt 48Lex.

Curious to check out the Grand Hyatt's new look? There couldn't be a better time. The $130 million, floor-to-ceiling renovations coincide perfectly with the opening of another monument (of sorts): the Grand Central Apple Store opens for business today at 10am.

Check back here for more photos of the lobby, guest rooms, suites, and sixteenth-floor Grand Club!

[Photo: Grand Hyatt]

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