Tornado in Central Park


If you’re any where nearby you should really make time to experience the amazing new sculpture at the entrance to Central Park on the corner of 59th St. and 5th Ave.  The only things missing are Toto and Dorothy.

“Rising more than 30 feet to meet the treetops of Central Park, Tornado brings together a series of opposites. It combines lightness and weight, with looming black “clouds” made from inflated truck tire inner tubes that gently shift in the breeze. Its muscular steel armature zigzags from top to bottom while ballooning rubber forms that hang in bunches from its spiraling arms are knotted together in bulging clusters. Like a tornado, which is violently powerful but also literally made of air, Sailstorfer’s towering work provides a visceral experience of sculptural form and materials in tension, massive but also vulnerable.”

This arresting sculpture is a powerful response to the attributes of the site for which it was conceived and to the epic scale of New York City.

  • Directions: Subways: N or R to Fifth Avenue; 4, 5 or 6 to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue

Still Hunt

Still Hunt in Central Park
John B. Moore
Still Hunt waiting to spring on an
innocent jogger in Central Park.

Running or walking along the East Drive, just at the edge of the Ramble, can sometimes cause park visitors a breathless moment, and not necessarily from the exertion. Looking up they can see, perched on a rock as if ready to spring, a rather ferocious looking bronze panther. (It is also a favorite pastime of park regulars to take unsuspecting guests for a stroll past this spot and then look up suddenly in fright.) Its name is Still Hunt and it was created by sculptor Edward Kemeys in 1883. Kemeys was inspired to become an artist while a member the crew whose job it was to clear unwanted trees from the future park’s site. He went on to become a celebrated American sculptor and was responsible for creating the famous Hudson Bay Wolves at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Still Hunt is also notable for being one of the few examples of park statuary that is executed in a naturalistic setting, rather than on a pedestal or along a walkway.

Location: West side of East Drive, mid-Park at 76th Street