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IBM Plaza’s Oasis Sculpture Garden

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The indoor garden at the IBM Plaza is a great little urban escape when plagued with running errands in Midtown (or also a good lunch spot if you work around there with lots of tables, chairs and bamboo growing). Aside from a winter garden, the space regularly hosts some pretty spectacular large scale sculpture. The most recent pieces are glittering silverized rocks by artist Zhan Wang. In the 90s, Wang switched out natural rocks around buildings in China with his chrome-covered scholar rocks. Here, they are invited, but also add to the oasis fantasy of a pseudo-nature landscape, a fantastical vision inside the glass enclosure of a building smack in the middle of the concrete jungle. In the past, the atrium has shown works by Claes Oldenburg, Jonathan Prince, Ugo Rondinone, and even the original Iwo Jima sculpture (thats nuts!)

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The sculpture garden has been displaying rotating exhibitions since 1998, and is open to the public from 8 a.m. To 10 p.m.

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Who: Currently Zhan Wang

What: Sculpture Garden

Where: 590 Madison Avenue

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