Everyone knows the Manhattan skyline – even if, like me, they sometimes muddle the Chrysler and Empire State Building (true story). As a landscape that’s so recognizable, it’s ample ground for artists to meddle with. And tonight I went to Park Avenue between 48th and 68th to see Alexandre Arrechea’s take.

Arrechea melds the buildings – such as the Empire State, the Metlife and Seagram buildings – into spirals, circles and other winding shapes that give effects of tumbling and rolling. The image of a city in constant movement.

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Park Avenue, which I’d never walked down before, is on a gentle decline, which is perfect for these shapes. Arrechea curls the structures into spheres, making them look like they’re going to roll right downtown before they take roots – if they stop at all. The image reflected the Park Avenue commuters around me – ploughing through with no intention of stopping.

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Also interesting was how the courtroom building was given the impression it was balancing in the middle of scales, while another of the Helmsley building resembled a snake biting at its own tail – a metaphor for the city. The pieces – especially the red ones – had something of Joel Shapiro or Mary Miss about them, with a more cartoonish feel.

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With the skies darkening above me, I meandered down the Avenue to take in the sculptures. I love appreciating these (free!) outdoor offerings while yelling in my head at the commuters: ‘Guys! You’re in the middle of an art museum! Have a look around!’

I enjoyed the gentle browse – and no doubt got on everyone’s nerves as I took my sweet ass time in an attempt to battle the very New York Arrechea was portraying.

(Well, for a quick half an hour, and then I had to rush to dinner.)