“Monkey Magic” Installed In Manhattan

July 25, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

There’s a curious new public art installation on 9th Avenue and 36th Street. “Monkey Magic” is a svelte, sci-fi and anime-inspired abstract metal sculpture from Chinese artist Tang-Wei Hsu as part of the DOT’s Urban Art Program and the International Studio & Curatorial Program.

Loosely based on the fable of the three monkeys, the piece replaces the proverbial see/hear/speak no evil imagery with contemporary visual depictions of “biological mechanisms in the visual language of machines.”

“Monkey Magic” is situated to highlight the new bike corral that’s adjacent to it.(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)