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. Lead is one of the artist's preferred materials for its soft, fluid properties traditionally associated with alchemical transformation, especially its second stage: dissolution.
Kiefer is the most prominent German artist of the generation born in or shortly after World War II, a figure of international standing who was recently awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal (2017).
The sculpture's cryptic title, Uraeus, refers to the erect shape of the Egyptian cobra, associated with the serpent goddess Wadjet and a symbol of power and divine authority. The wings evoke the headdresses and necklaces worn by Egyptian royalty in homage to the vulture goddess Nekhbet. Wadjet and Nekhbet were the guardians of Lower and Upper Egypt, respectively, and following ancient Egypt's unification, became the joint patrons of the civilization.
Two outdoor dining options will open at Rockefeller Center for a limited time this summer: LT Biergarten Presented by Brasserie Ruhlmann, an outdoor dining haven featuring traditional German fare and a variety of beers on tap, and Limani Café, an al fresco oasis offering the best in Mediterranean cuisine. The outdoor cafes are located in Rockefeller Plaza between 50th and 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues.
Both patios are open, Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 9pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
The LT Biergarten menu includes sausages, salads, snacks and ice cream sandwiches. Featured items include the Brew Master salad with radicchio, baby kale, frisee, gruyere, black forest ham, red onion, cherry tomato, mushroom, and egg; sausage options including Bratwurst, Wiener, Bauernwurst, Chicken Bratwurst, and Knackwurst; and a German chocolate macaroon ice cream sandwich. Happy hour specials featuring $5 beers are available Monday through Friday from 4-6pm.
The Limani Café menu includes salads, Paninis, sliders, additional light fare and desserts. Featured items include an octopus salad; a vegetarian Panini; lobster sliders; a seafood skewer with scallops, shrimp, and swordfish; baby lamb chops; and baklava.
This free day of family activities on Saturday, July 21, includes games, face painting, sweet treats, LEGO® Creation Nation and live music. Running from 10am to 2pm, it's for children of all ages, and takes places between 49th and 50th Streets, and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
LEGO® Creation Nation Build Event: Come build your own LEGO® creation that will be added to a giant map of the United States on the Plaza at Rockefeller Center!
The Farmers Market returns to Rockefeller Center Wednesday, July 25 through August 29, Wednesday - Friday each week from 8am - 5pm. Stop by to pick up specialty products from regional farms including fresh produce, meat, eggs, flowers, baked goods, cheese, wine and more!
The market is organized by the GrowNYC Greenmarket and is open to the public.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 28, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2019.