NEW YORK — The New York Police Department wants the public to know that the figures soon to be gazing down from buildings near a midtown park are an artist's body casts – not residents in distress.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said Tuesday that the department was worried the upcoming outdoor exhibit might spark 911 calls reporting possible jumpers, so it wanted to alert the public.
According to the Madison Square Park Conservancy Web site, the work by Antony Gormley consists of 31 life-size figures of the artist cast in iron and glass fiber. They're being installed on pathways, sidewalks and rooftops for an exhibit beginning March 26.
The site says Gormley created the installation for a show in London in 2007.