NYC’s New Monument “The Girl Puzzle” Honors Journalist Nellie Bly

Currently being installed on Roosevelt Island, “The Girl Puzzle” is a new bronze monument depicting the faces of five women. By Amanda Matthews, the installation honors one of the location’s most famed residents, journalist Nellie Bly, who, in 1887, acted her way into being committed to the island’s insane asylum in order to report on the abusive treatment of women patients. When Matthews read Bly’s …

Squiggle Pyramid with Pink Flower

Barbara Frankie Ryan’s “Squiggle Pyramid with Pink Flower” is a part of the artist’s sculptural series Freshly Cut Flowers, which seeks to immortalize the ephemeral beauty of bouquets. Laser-cut from frosted acrylic in the Netherlands, this funky sculpture makes for a jovial decor piece, suitable to freshen up any desk, shelf or table. The floral sculpture stands 12 centimeters tall and ships in packaging made …

Word of Mouth: NYC’s LES Galleries

Spaces for inspiration and community in the vibrant neighborhood

Art can be isolating or divisive and, as PUBLIC SWIM co-founder Catherine Fenton Bernath points out, producing artistic work can prove isolating as well. But within the walls of galleries, visitors gather inspiration and see entirely new points of view. Galleries provide space for communities to form and play a vital role within the ecosystem of the art world. While NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood is perhaps …