Featured item from THE LIST: Don Porcaro at Hudson Boulevard Park
Before the extended 7 Subway and Escheresque observation platform arrived in the overnight neighborhood of glass and steel behemoths that is Hudson Yards, Hell’s Kitchen was home already to a thriving artistic community. One longtime resident is Don Porcaro, and for the last month, examples of his unmistakable, stacked cylindrical “Talisman” sculptures, whimsical stupas in bronze, marble and brass, have greeted visitors to the new Hudson Boulevard Park at 34th Street between 10th and 11th avenues. Also part of his commissioned project are the 50 “Nomads” that line the landscaped islet within one of the park’s three fountains. At once guardians and revelers, they are, like the wary denizens of the district, ambivalent towards the excitement and progress surrounding them.