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The Standard NYC Has a Ginormous and Very Shy New Friend

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June 10, 2011 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

There's something new at The Standard. But really—when isn't that the case? Where the ice skating rink brought joy through the winter, now a statue sits, causing more curious and confused stares than anything else. What is this thing exactly? Officially the title of the art piece is "Companion (Passing Through)," and it's a large-scale sculpture of one of artist KAWS' trademark figures.

KAWS, real name Brian Donnelly, is a born-and-bred NYC-area kid, all grown up and a commercial art success. His work adorns $260 hoodies, special-edition bottles of Dos Equis, and even items as mundane as zipper pulls and plain bath towels. We kinda liked his work two or three years ago before the cross-marketing went gangbusters, but his bringing in this massive piece brings the attention back. Plus, the ginormous piece will have pride of place in The Standard Plaza all the way until October of this year, at which point the hotel will probably begin making preparations to re-install the ice rink.

If you happen to walk the newest section of the High Line park, or go for a brew at The Standard's biergarten, it's going to be quite hard to miss the KAWS sculpture. For a little background to remember while you ponder it, know that KAWS designed it specifically with Hong Kong's Harbour City shopping center in mind, since there was its first home. The NYT's T Magazine got the inspiration for the shy pose out of KAWS: “God if I had to sit out here, I would just be mortified if this many people walked past me.”

Not surprisingly, that's the exact opposite feeling of those who sit in The Standard's Plaza.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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