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Sirshasana

NY

Sculpture
Artist

Donald Lipski

Architect

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP

Collection

MTA Arts & Design

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In Sirshasana, a sculptural chandelier in the shape of a golden-rooted olive tree suspended above the street-level entrance to the Grand Central Market, Donald Lipski drew upon Hindu and Greek lore. "To the ancient Greeks the olive tree symbolized freedom and purity," he explains. "And the name Sirshasana refers to a yoga headstand posture - the inverted tree ...." With branches that span twenty-five feet and 5,000 brilliant crystal pendants, the tree dominates the area, bringing the feel of an outdoor market. The space was designed so that morning sun bathes the tree and floods the market with light. The form has writhing, enticing, and unexpected elements, with the base of the tree finished in gold and crystals dangling in place of olives In addition to alluding to the decorative chandeliers in Grand Central, the tree is a comment on the allure of the exotic and tempting wares sold in the marketplace. This is a MTA Arts for Transit project.

In Sirshasana, a sculptural chandelier in the shape of a golden-rooted olive tree suspended above the street-level entrance to the Grand Central Market, Donald Lipski drew upon Hindu and Greek lore. "To the ancient Greeks the olive tree symbolized freedom and purity," he explains. "And the name Sirshasana refers to a yoga headstand posture - the inverted tree ...." With branches that span twenty-five feet and 5,000 brilliant crystal pendants, the tree dominates the area, bringing the feel of an outdoor market. The space was designed so that morning sun bathes the tree and floods the market with light. The form has writhing, enticing, and unexpected elements, with the base of the tree finished in gold and crystals dangling in place of olives In addition to alluding to the decorative chandeliers in Grand Central, the tree is a comment on the allure of the exotic and tempting wares sold in the marketplace. This is a MTA Arts for Transit project.

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The Art & Architecture of Park Avenue from Lever to Grand Central

78 East.43rd Street Park Avenue, New York City, NY, US 00000
at 43rd Street in Grand Central Market Chandelier

Nearby
Park Avenue Architectural Series 694 feet
Museum of the Dog 755 feet
Architects Building 755 feet
Philip Morris World Headquarters Dining Room 808 feet
Scandinavia House 935 feet
Philip Morris Headquarters 0.2 miles
Union League 0.2 miles
Grand Central: Arches, Towers, Pyramids 0.2 miles
Chanin Building 0.2 miles
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