Erwin Wurm is known for his absurdist work, and it should come as no surprise that his New York public sculpture debut should be downright weird.
The Austrian artist's latest sculpture is titled "Big Kastenmann," which translates to "big box man" in English. This 18-foot-tall sculpture of a grotesque, headless businessman is made of cast aluminum, and his shoulders are covered in with pink enamel paint. He's wearing a long suit jacket without pants, which showcases his slightly knobby knees. (Is this endearing or creepy? We can't decide.) This 1.6 ton corporate sentry guards the area outside of the Standard Hotel in Chelsea as part of its public art program, so take a trip to the High Line if you'd like to see it up close.
In tandem with the sculpture on view, the Standard will release a limited edition $2,000 print by the Vienna-based artist, bluntly titled, "Pee on Someone’s Rug." This directive comes from Wurm’s 2003 series "Instructions on how to be politically incorrect," which, as you can imagine, is full of terrible ways to behave in public. (We especially enjoyed "Two Ways of Carrying A Bomb"). A hundred prints are available, so get one fast for the person in your life who isn't housetrained yet.
See a slideshow of the work below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.