Who is the giant in front of Columbia University? He holds his head in his
hands. Is he crying because he's lost, or because he's just had his heart broken? What about the other giant lying down at 145th street, chained to the ground? Or the frog who lies splayed in a bed across from Lincoln Center, twice the size of the princess lying next to him: Did she pick him
up in a swamp? Will he turn into a prince in the morning?
These are scenes from Tom Otterness' installation of 25 large bronze sculptures along Broadway. They start at 168th street and go down to 59th street. Otterness' rounded, cartoonish bronze characters appear all over New York where you'd least expect them to be: in the subway, at a hotel.
This piece is a walking tour down Broadway with Tom Otterness as we talk about the fairy tales that have inspired his work.
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This piece was produced for Studio 360
and originally aired the weekend of December 25/26, 2004 as part of their show on fairy tales.
It also aired on January 6, 2005 on WHQR
and on January 20, 2005 on WAMC
Producer: Sarah Elzas
Editor: David Krasnow
Recorded in New York, NY