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FAILE's Hand-Carved, 7-Foot Tall Prayer Wheel Is In Times Square

Brooklyn artists FAILE used to have their guerilla prayer wheels stolen from the mean streets of NYC. But now they've got one in the Crossroads of the World—and it's a dramatic one that would be very difficult to abscond with.

Right in the pedestrian plaza on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Times Square is a seven-foot tall version. FAILE Instagrammed a picture yesterday, saying, "Amazing to see the work in this context. Spinning the 7ft tall, hand carved wooden wheel kinetically powers the neon lights in the ceiling of the sculpture. The entire structure is made of wood and carved wood a nice organic contrast in the midst of Times Square. Come bring it to life and meditate on modern myth-making."


The piece by FAILE, which is comprised of artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, will be on display through September 1 and is presented by Times Square Art, in collaboration with FAILE's Brooklyn Museum show.

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FAILE released a statement saying, "Although our art is inspired by so many global influences, its roots - its DNA really - are in New York, its people, and the language of its streets. While Wishing on You really builds on Times Square’s storied past - its nickel arcades, glossy ads, and carnivalesque spirit - we are also aware of how it has served for so long as a truly American place of celebration and commemoration."

"Rituals that wish for hope are central to the character of our city, but especially to the character of Times Square," added Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins.

Earlier this month, Times Square Arts launched a "Midnight Moment" animation from street artists Os Gemeos.

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