City Hall Cops, Art Critics?

06.29.09 Will Sherman

towerart-480The Public Art Fund’s latest installation doesn’t officially go on view until Thursday, but that’s not stopping whiners from getting started on the temporary work. In his new project, “Wall and Door and Roof,” British artist Richard Woods is decorating a door inside City Hall with an image of a door and wrapping the City Hall guardhouses in a façade of exaggerated red bricks, similar to an installation in Wimbledon. Along with predictably jocular art critiques from the cops who staff the security booths, Councilmember Letitia James claims the installation somehow “makes a mockery of a serious subject, public safety.”

Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./NYT