Elmgreen & Dragset's latest artwork, Van Gogh's Ear, is an upright, 9m-high swimming pool in the shape of an ear, intriguingly placed outside the Rockefeller Centre in New York.
Compared to the Scandinavian-born, Berlin-based artists' previous work, the piece is fundamentally new in spirit; a direct continuation in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp's readymades, which place daily objects as high art into museum (or in this case, public) spaces, without the artist's physical intervention.
“This part of New York is all about verticality. Horizontal would just not work here,”
say the artists.
“One can dream of lazy days under the sun while surrounded by all the traffic and business going on at Rockefeller Plaza.”