Artist creates touristy NYC statue

Selected for this year’s Art In Odd Places festival on Oct 1-10, 2011 in New York City, artist Leon Reid IV is planning on adorning the statue of George Washington in Union Square with “large scale props such as an “I Love NY” hat, camera, NYC subway map, and local shopping bags” in a piece titled “Tourist-In-Chief.” This installation is similar to the cheeky “True Yank” version that he did on a statue in Manchester, England. The purpose of his Union Square piece is three fold:

1) Make a comic reflection of New York’s tourist industry.
2) Create a work of art that is enjoyable for all demographics (tourists and New Yorkers alike)
3) Spark public curiosity as to Washington’s role in New York City history. (ex. his inauguration on Wall Street, 1789)