What to do on your birthday?
Walk down to Columbus Circle, stand in line, climb 6 flights of stairs, enter Tatzu Nishi's installation.
That is exactly what I did on November 17th.
In 2006, a pedestrian pathway, fountains and seating area were added to the base of the statue. Now, you can hang out in the center, but Columbus still only gets a nod. Tatzu Nishi changed all that.
Six flights up in this constructed living room, you view Columbus in an alien context. It's comfortable and strange, all at the same time. New Yorkers are not easily wowed. It's not cool. After the misery and hardship of Sandy, this room, 6 flights up remained in tact. To me, the installation felt celebratory.