The latest piece of public art to go up in NYC is a real piece of garbage—beautiful, weird garbage. Nicolas Holiber created a giant Head of Goliath out of New York City’s debris, specifically reclaimed wood from shipping pallets and other found materials. A lot of the wood actually came from the destruction of Hanksy's Best of the Worst show.
According to an announcement sent out about the sculpture, which will be in Tribeca Park through September this year, "The mixed media sculpture is Holiber's interpretation of the biblical story and long‐standing art historical theme of David and Goliath." Holiber says:
“People come to New York to be the underdog and beat whatever obstacle is in front of them. The head of Goliath was David’s trophy and I hope viewers will find inspiration in this piece and think about what Head of Goliath, as a symbol, means to them. For myself and many friends of mine, New York is the Goliath.
He added that the elements could take Goliath down—"Exhibiting in the park presents a unique opportunity to observe how the outdoor environment and NYC in particular will affect the sculpture. I’m looking forward to seeing how the piece will weather and change over time, thereby using the park as a catalyst to transform Head of Goliath into a modern ruin."
The 4-foot-tall sculpture will get its own reception in the park on Saturday May 16th, from 2 to 5 p.m.