Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit

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NEW YORK — Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He’s booked solid. Today’s tickets to the conceptual art installation that surrounds a 13-foot statue of the explorer with a well-appointed living room have all been snapped up.

The exhibit, “Discovering Columbus” by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, has become a must-see cultural attraction in New York since it opened Sept. 20. Some 20,000 people have made the walk up six flights of stairs for the up-close view of Columbus, as well as the unique views of Midtown Manhattan and Central Park.

The statue rests on a 60-foot granite column at the southwest corner of Central Park. Columbus’ marble features usually are visible only from afar.

For his first installation in the United States, Nishi has perched Columbus’ home atop scaffolding that encases the column.

The statue rises out of a large coffee table so that it seems to preside over a highbrow salon. Visitors can plop themselves on the sectional or admire the views from the tall windows.

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