Public Art Fund: Michael Sailstorfer’s ‘Tornado’ is a Swirling Cluster of Rubber

“Tornado,” 2011 (truck tire inner tubes, steel and cement) stands 34-feet tall.

NEW YORK—The busy intersection near the Plaza Hotel, the Apple Store and Central Park is chock-full of pedestrians and traffic at all hours. So when Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer imagined what he might create for his public art installation on the site, he decided to incorporate materials related to the vehicles that frequent the 60th Street and Fifth Avenue intersection—rubber tires.

The “looming black clouds” of “Tornado” are made from truck tire inner tubes. The swirling clusters perched atop a cement post look like industrial cotton candy. The sculpture, Sailstorfer’s first public work in the United States, will be on display from Sept. 20, 2011 to February 19, 2012.

Photos by Arts Observer

A project of the Public Art Fund, “Tornado” is at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park.

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