THE DAILY PIC: The Public Art Fund has installed these "artificial clouds", by Swiss New Yorker Olaf Breuning, near the southeast entrance to Central Park. I love the way their false cheeriness seems utterly unsuited to the grit of New York, while at the same time their clumsy artifice seems perfectly Broadway. There’s also a lovely sense that these flat clouds have been painted on top of the cityscape, which meshes with the feeling one often has of New York as a picture of itself.
And one last, peculiar observation: In Western art, a forest of uprights with nailed-on crosspieces always evokes old paintings of Christ and the two thieves crucified on Golgotha. I don’t know what to do with that evocation, except to note that suffering has been replaced by cheery weather. (Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures; photo by Liz Ligon, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY)