Giant drone sculpture threatens New York with intent

NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) – A giant white sculpture of a drone has appeared 7.6m above Manhattan’s High Line park, confusing New Yorkers – just as the creators intended.

Sam Durant, the artist behind the fiberglass “Untitled (drone)”, said the artwork was designed to “remind the public that drones and surveillance are a tragic and pervasive presence in the daily lives of many people living outside – and inside – the United States.”

The white sculpture of the predatory drone stands out against the blue summer sky, appearing to hover above 10th Avenue and spinning on its mast when blown by the wind.

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“What we want to do with High Line Art is to bring audiences not only beautiful works of art, but also thought-provoking works of art that can generate conversations,” said Cecilia Alemani, Chief Curator of High Line Art, which sponsored Durant’s work.

California resident Ariella Figueroa said the drone made her think about the future.

“It’s the same technology we used in Iraq and Afghanistan 10 or 12 years ago, which is now portable and anyone can buy,” Figueroa said. “It’s a little intimidating, a little scary, especially here in New York.”

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Reporting by Aleksandra Michalska, Writing by Rosalba O’Brien Editing by Marguerita Choy

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