NEW YORK — Yesterday, even before a large thunderstorm pelted New York City with rain and hail, an onsite Public Art Fund (PAF) staffer noticed that "How I Roll" — a spectacular installation by the Italy-born, Alaska-based artist Paola Pivi that consists of a rotating Piper Seneca suspended at its wingtips on two steel columns — wasn't rolling properly. The work, which has been turning heads at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue since it debuted on June 20, was shut down, and upon closer inspection was determined to need a major tune up.
"We have chosen to respond cautiously and de-install the sculpture," the non-profit said in a statement today. The plane was removed last night and will be returned to the studio to be fixed, prompting the PAF to end Pivi's installation early.
"Public Art Fund has made my dream come true with the installation of this work," Pivi said. "I conceived it specifically for New York and after several years working on it have been so pleased with the public response over the past month. I think the piece is wonderful, and I’m happy with the length of time that it has been on view."
Due to the complexity of the sculpture and the several weeks it would take to fix and test it, the work could likely not be reinstalled at the southeast corner of Central Park until late August. And with the installation's scheduled August 26 closing, PAF and Pivi opted to close the much-appreciated installation early.
Watch a video of Paola Pivi's "How I Roll" rotating: