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From TNP by Cristina Ruiz
Artist William Ryman to install a garden of 25ft-high flowers on Park Avenue.
Giant roses will flower in Manhattan next spring. Artist William Ryman is to install 38 plants up to 25 ft high on Park Avenue from 57th to 67th Street. The works will be unveiled in January and will remain in place for five months. Ryman had hoped to scatter giant discarded bottle caps, crushed cans and bubblegum wrappers at the base of the roses but says Mayor Bloomberg is “doing an anti-litter campaign” and would not allow it. The $1m installation has been commissioned by the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee and approved by the New York City Parks Department. Meanwhile at Art Basel, Ryman, son of the minimalist painter Robert, is showing four new works at the Marlborough stand (D15). These, which are as colourful as his blooms, are priced at $50,000 and $60,000.