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Will Ryman, The Roses, 2010
Will Ryman, The Roses, 2010


July 1, 2011

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If it seems like you’ve seen them everywhere, it’s probably because you have. For the last five months, sculptor Will Ryman’s giant, mock-heroic roses have lined 10 blocks of Park Avenue in New York. Now, the blooms are traveling the world, making stops in Miami, Switzerland and, next, the lawn of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012.

The cluster of five stainless steel and fiberglass roses, garnished with an oversize ladybug on top, going to Phillips is part of the museum’s ongoing anniversary series of installations, parties, artist talks and exhibitions, titled “90 Years of New.”

All of the roses have sold, so it looks like Ryman’s initial $800,000 investment -- much of which he paid out of pocket -- has paid off, and then some.

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