You’re on a lunch break strolling through Hudson River Park on a scorching summer’s day, when a stack of larger-than-life bagels comes into view through the haze. No, it’s not a mirage — but don’t try biting into it either. It’s a two-part art installation called “Everything,” from Swedish artist Hanna Liden.
The public art exhibition, which is about capturing the beauty of everyday city life, is sponsored by skincare brand, Kiehl’s and The Art Production Fund, and runs from July 20 through Oct. 20 in Hudson River Park and July 20-August 24 in the Ruth Wittenberg Plaza.
You might ask, “why bagels?” For Linden, the bagel is a New York icon. Turning the doughy staple into a 15-foot sculpture highlights the beauty of commonplace objects. Something else all New Yorkers are familiar with? The city grime — which explains why these bagels look a bit sootier than what you’d hope to find in a shop.
Still, might be better to check the pieces out on a full stomach.