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Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons, a large-scale public art installation was display at Rockefeller Center from May 12 - July 17, 2017. The inflatable nylon sculpture, presented by Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s Since 1851, and hosted by Tishman Speyer, stands 45 feet high and depicts a seated ballerina from the artist’s iconic Antiquity series.
2017 Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons
In the summer of 2016, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset transformed the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center with a large-scale new work.
Elmgreen & Dragset: Van Gogh's Ear
Thomas Houseago’s new commission Masks (Pentagon) was on view on the plaza April 28 – June 24, 2015. The exhibit, organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer, was free and open to the public.
2015 Thomas Houseago: Masks (Pentagon)
This summer, Jeff Koons's Split-Rocker makes its New York City debut at Rockefeller Center, to coincide with the opening of his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Presented by Gagosian Gallery and organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer, Split-Rocker is a spectacular planted form that towers over 37 feet high and features over 50,000 flowering plants.
2014 Jeff Koons: Split-Rocker
Uraeus, Anselm Kiefer's first site-specific outdoor public sculpture ever to be commissioned for the United States will be on display this spring at the top of the Channel Gardens, facing Fifth Avenue. Ureaus, presented by Gagosian and organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer, consists of a gigantic open book with eagle's wings 30 feet in span, both made of lead, on top of a 20-foot-tall lead-clad stainless steel column. Clustered around the base of the column are further outsize lead books, while a large snake coils up the column.
Anselm Kiefer: Uraeus
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Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate on The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:30pm to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites. The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.
2018 45th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center
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