One of the most iconic American paintings of the the 20th century, many may not know it by name but it is instantly recognizable. Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks depicts three city souls eating in a diner in the wee hours of the morning. To celebrate their latest exhibition, Hopper Drawing, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City has installed a life-sized replica of the famous scene, on the ground floor of the Flatiron building.
Although Hopper said his picture was inspired by a diner in Greenwich Village, the prow of the famously triangular Flatiron building is reminiscent of the painting. Its curved shape in a city of right-angles, was the perfect place to situate the 2D cutouts.
The Whitney’s exhibition displays over 2,500 of Hopper’s drawing with special focus on the painter’s commitment to realism and his study of people’s poses and faces. It runs until October 6th, 2013.