One of my favorite things to do in New York is wander. Just walk around all day long, into neighborhoods both familiar and not so much, and see where the day takes me. I love this because inevitably, I will walk into the middle of something interesting: parades, art galleries, street performances, pop-up shops, new restaurants, and movie sets are just a few of the experiences I’ve gained simply from spending much of my time wandering aimlessly around New York. So the other week, as I scouted out defiled Banksy art with a friend, the unexpected surprise was coming across Sheep Station, an outdoor art piece and the inaugural exhibition of Getty Station, a new public art program in the former Getty filling station in West Chelsea. The work of late artist Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Sheep Station features 25 epoxy stone and bronze sheep in a surrealist landscape amidst the exhausting industrial gas station architecture—the sheep symbolize Lalanne’s mission to demystify art, although I’ll admit the juxtaposition of this sunny farm-like scene in the middle of a gas station (in the middle of Manhattan) was a bit mystifying to me.
Unfortunately, this very surreal and somehow very happy (nothing like rolling greenery and farm animals in the middle of our bustling, grimy city to put the mind at ease) installation is no longer up, but I’m excited to see what’s next–what I find on my next ramble through New York.