Warhol as Deity in Union Square // Murtis in NYC


A 10-foot tall sculpture of Andy Warhol by Rob Pruitt (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Haven’t had a chance to check this out yet, but apparently there’s a recently erected chrome statue of Andy Warhol “walking” through Union Square, and according to Vanishing New York, the statue is becoming somewhat of a Hindu murti, complete with offerings from the devoted.


Photo from the wonderful vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com


Now, depending on where you fall in the debate regarding NYC’s appreciation of public art, NYC is either a sanctuary or penitentiary for the creatively-minded. The city has not, however, ever been India…


Hanuman Murti of New Delhi, India (tisavision.blogspot.com)

…where mini-shrines to the Divine constantly pop up without warning.


Roadside shrine to Shiva, Kolkata (© Eric Parker)

Obviously, something like this, despite being perfectly suited for the more libertine corners of our once chaotic city, would be either removed or shat on within days of being set up.

But, for those of us who would get excited stumbling upon a tiny pop-up shrine to Odin or Eris, the site of a shrine to Warhol feels a little bittersweet. Sweet because it’s a shrine, but bitter because…well…you know…Warhol isn’t Debord.

But of course there will be lots of talk about how the Warhol statue-cum-shrine is so very American and so very New York in its art-as-commercial-as-divine-ness. To get the ball rolling, here’s a link to the NYTs piece on the matter at hand.

It’s time, anarcho-mystics the city over, time to resanctify and make mystically strange our little slice of Disney.

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