Bin Laden's Death Delays Controversial Art Outside The Plaza Hotel
The focus sure has been on New York City this week, though not for the reasons Mayor Michael Bloomberg originally intended. Before Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, before President Obama made the announcement that caused thousands to gather at the World Trade Center site and before Barack scheduled a wreath-laying trip to the WTC himself, this was to be week that controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei held the spotlight with the unveiling of his sculptures in front of The Plaza Hotel.
Weiwei, whose name you likely don't know but whose largest work you dothe "Bird's Nest" stadium for the Beijing Olympicsis jailed and under psychological and physical torture in China after speaking out against corruption and conspiracies in the Chinese government. This exhibition of his sculpture was supposed to be opened by Bloomberg on Monday, but because of the Bin Laden press conferences and other pressing matters, it only just happened this morning.
We actually stopped by ourselves last night and found the heads bagged, though that didn't dissuade tourists from snapping photos in front of the creepy 800-lb bronze things. Check 'em out all summer smack dab in front of the Plaza, and even follow the sculptures on Twitter.