I was walking to work through New York’s garment district yesterday and was struck by a beautiful installation of translucent, delicate, red figurines all in different poses hovering above our heads. And they even change color depending on the light!

Remember last year’s “Sidewalk Catwalk” project which lined Broadway with mannequins dressed in fashions from superstar designers, like Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael Kors? While these figures are “daintier” than those, they are actually more striking.

The exhibit is called “The Fashion District Pilings Project,” by Brooklyn artist Joan Benefiel. The effort is organized by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District and will be on display through Aug. 31.

“The figures simultaneously convey a sense of precariousness and joy. And so it is to live our lives — something that I think everyone can relate to, especially New Yorkers,” Benefiel said in a statement.

Thank you New York City for adding so much beauty to my daily walk to and from work.


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