Rafael Barrios Sculptures on the Park Avenue Mall

For about a month now the great Venezuelan sculptor Rafael Barrios has been messing with people's minds in the heart of Manhattan with his series of ingenious, geometric pieces that are, basically, 20-foot-high optical illusions. Right in center of Park Avenue! The city has had a terrific run of interesting, unexpected public art projects (most everything in Madison Square Park; the Mark di Suvero exhibition on Governors Island last summer; Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado, the tire-tower across from the Plaza at the entrance to Central Park), but this just may be the coolest of them all. 

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