If you head to Broadway in the Garment District you’ll be greeted by 14 oversized sculptures with their hands raised in a warm welcome that popped up here on April 13th.
Created by artist Santi Flores, the Garment District Alliance’s latest public exhibit, titled Here, is part of Garment District Art on the Plazas—a year-round public art program.
This exhibit is made from steel, concrete, and enamel paint, and each sculpture varies in size with the largest one being a whopping 14 feet tall. Each sculpture is unique in color and the markings on their “skin” represent the diversity and individuality of the people of the city.
It symbolizes unity, diversity, and individuality, and is dedicated to all New Yorkers and visitors that pass through the neighborhood in hopes of instilling hope as the NYC community looks toward the future.
“Santi’s installation poses a powerful message about the importance of diversity and unity, which are elements that make New York one of the greatest cities in the world,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “We are proud to showcase these wonderful sculptures in the heart of Midtown in the Garment District, and we encourage all to visit the exhibition, snap photos, and take in its inspiring meaning.”
Located on Broadway between 38th and 41st street, this installation can be seen towering over the streets of Midtown now through August 29th.
Be sure to walk on over and wave hello on your morning commute!