By Terry Trucco
Sometimes a door isn’t just a door.
Last week the double doors leading to The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz 5th Avenue were a work in progress (witness the protective plastic, brush-wielding artist, passersby taking pictures).
And this week? The doors are a mural — a witty, cartoon-inflected study of contemporary New York that toasts (and roasts) its subject in black, white and gold. (Passersby are still taking pictures.)
Brooklyn artist Daniel St. George engineered the transformation. But he wasn’t the first to do so. In fact, St. George ushered in year two of tbd Art, the hotel’s rotating series that taps artists to splash their idea of New York — Today onto the hotel’s Fifth Avenue doors.
It’s a sweet deal. In addition to a chunk of prime real estate across the street from the New York Public Library – and a mere dozen blocks south of The Museum of Modern Art — each artist becomes an Artist in Residence, scoring a suite at the hotel during the time it takes to complete the work (alas for the artists, it’s mere days not weeks). (more…)