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Apartment raised around New York's Columbus statue

Published on Sep 21, 2012 12:45 PM

NEW YORK (AFP) - New Yorkers can now admire the city's statue of Christopher Columbus up close and personal - so personal that it's inside an apartment room.

Starting on Thursday and running through to Nov 18, visitors can enter the Discovering Columbus apartment built around the statue, located in the downtown Columbus Circle, by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi.

The 74 sq m furnished apartment, elevated from the ground by scaffolding, includes large sofas, a television set and a book collection.

The art project was financed with US$1.5 million (S$1.84 million) from the Public Art Fund, an organisation that presents contemporary art in the city's public spaces.

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