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Weekend Heller: Occupy Madison Ave.

By: Steven Heller | October 28, 2017

Kevin O’Callaghan, master artist, craftsman and teacher of 3D illustrative spectaculars, presents “One-of-a-Kind Luxury on Madison Avenue” (Oct. 20 through Nov. 15). The environmental design show celebrates the unique products and services found on the Avenue’s stores that makes it a shopping destination unlike any other retail experience in the world. Students from the School of Visual Art’s 3D department designed an outdoor exhibition of 14 sculptures that are on display on the sidewalks of Madison Avenue from East 61st Street to East 76th Street. Each student chose an object from which they made a unique fashion statement.

The work on display includes dresses made out $28.52 worth of pennies (enough for 12,500 wishes in a fountain), 432 forks and 59 spoons (enough for 491 people to dine), 518 gum balls (enough to fill four gum ball machines), 900 wheat stalks (enough grain to make seven sandwiches), 4 gallons of paint (over 300 smooth cast pours), 187 canned foods (cans to feed one person for six months), 4.5 running yards of birch bark, 2,528 earplugs, and a dress made from 109 slinkys (3,924 steps worth of slinking down a staircase). Fashion accessories featured in the show include a victorian fan made out of 157 clock hands (these could count 9,420 minutes every hour), shoes made out of 288 pencils (enough lead to write 12.9 million words), pajamas from 1,569 packing peanuts, armor weighing 40 pounds made from 225 Ram Chips (that would be enough to equate 75 computers), a suit jacket from 45 keyboards, and a raincoat made of 1,400 tea bags (if it rained, it could fill that many cups of tea).

There are exclusive guided tours being run by Kristen Taekman (nationally renowned stylist and author of the blog, “Last Night’s Look”) to see the exhibition and stores. The exhibition is the first of its kind where each dress is highlighted in an 8 foot glass case on Madison Ave.

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