El Dorado – The New Forty Niners
There is an exhibit on 47th Street and 2nd Avenue at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, near the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, that I have walked by often from the other side of the street, but I am so glad that I decided to actually cross the road to see it close up today.
Called El Dorado – The New Forty Niners, it is a multimedia exhibit by Cecile Chong as a tribute to 49% of New York City households that speak a language other than English.
The exhibit consists of a 100 sculptures, of which 49 are painted gold to honor these families. The scupltures themselves are like swaddled babies, all looking similar but each distinct in its own right.
This exhibit is a great reflection of the melting pot that is New York, which is something that I just take for granted as I have always been made to feel welcome here. I am so glad I decided to talk a walk on the other side of the Avenue to discover these today!