Stones that appear to have been sculpted in the shape of a toe, or perhaps a finger, were found on “a hidden patch of a stairway” in Riverside Park this weekend.
This raises questions such as: is this artwork — and if so, is this the whole thing? Also, whodunit?
“This sculpture has sprung up in a seemingly random spot on a hidden patch of a stairway in Riverside Park near St. Clair,” our tipster wrote. “A lot of work went into shaping those stones. Is it a local artist’s work? Is it a piece of a larger sculpture that belongs somewhere else and a vandal took and moved?”
“If it’s an original artwork, that’s interesting, and I’d be curious to know who it is and what their intent is. I was concerned that it might be a missing piece of something else that somebody dumped there. It’s not just one of those improvised sculptures from found materials that have been popular in Riverside Park for some years.”
There is quite a bit of public art in Riverside Park, but the Parks Department told us: “This is not a Parks-sanctioned piece of public art and will be removed today.”
But, we asked in a follow-up, why remove it if it isn’t hurting anyone (as far as we know)?
“Unapproved structures or artworks in parks are against our rules.”