For the Sake of Hotel Art: 'Flaming Cactuses' at Trump Soho
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Trump Hotel Soho's "Flaming Cactus" poles by Animus Arts Collective.
First off, we must explain that technically these aren't part of the property of the Trump. They are, instead, in front of the Trump and along the side of it in a very small public plaza, and the artwork is made possible by the NYC DOT and Hudson Square Connection. Still, it 100% adds to the appeal of the exterior of the Trump, and the 52,000 zip ties literally tie in this area with St. Marks Place/Astor Place, where you can find more such poles.
These zip tied poles first appeared near the Trump sometime just before the holidays, and there's no definite date on when they'll be X-acto-ed off (as far as we know). Guests of the Trump can't miss them and their neon hues, and there's even an information sign near the Trump entrance, on one of the poles, with a little info on the art and a QR code for accessing further details.
It's not difficult at all to go to a hardware store or Home Depot and get your hands on some zip-ties just like these...so if you have an unsightly pole in your home and you're into modern art...copying this could be a neat DIY activity.