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Old Gas Station Serves As A Public Art Gallery [Pics]

Art collector makes sure his construction project isn't an eyesore for NYC.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on September 12, 2013. @greenidealism

Instead of being left as an eyesore on the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC, an old LukOil gas station has instead been turned into a temporary art installation, overflowing with lush vegetation, and encased in a white picket fence.

Purchased by Michael Shvo, a property developer and art collector, he plans to eventually build an apartment building right by the High Line. In the meantime however, Shvo decided the space was better served as a place to showcase public art.

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The first show at the station is called “Sheep Station,” and will feature the work of surrealist sculptor Francois-Xavier Lalanne, who died in 2008. The exhibition will run through October 20th, and will include 25 of the artist’s wooly creations.

Shvo plans to continue the exhibits throughout construction and eventually integrate them into the new building. So if you happen to pass by the corner of 24th Street and 10th Avenue in the coming year, it will more than likely be the highlight of your commute.

Michael Shvo

Images via CollaCubed

 

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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