On July 12th, this statue was unveiled on Park Avenue and 56th Street. "#23 Basketball Player," which honors Michael Jordan, was created in 1999 by Niki de Saint Phalle, and is one of nine of the artist's sculptures displayed on the avenue, from 52nd Street to 60th Street—they'll remain through November 15th. The Jordan statue is from her iconic Black Heroes Series featuring legendary jazz musicians and athletes, and the artist's grandaughter has said in the past that her grandmother saw Jordan "as a dancer. There was such beauty in his movements, such grace and power."
However, not everyone is seeing the beauty... sports reporter Darren Rovell just spotted the piece, promptly Tweeting, "The most awkward Michael Jordan statue ever is being exhibited in New York City." Those sparkly shorts are a little weird, but at least he's not depicted holding a smaller Spike Lee statue by the head?