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New York City’s Meatpacking District Will Welcome Golden Bull to Rival Wall Street’s on Cinco De Mayo 2022, in conjunction with New York’s First Art Week. Sculpture to represent the city’s and the hospitality industry’s resilience in the late stages of a pandemic. Gansevoort Meatpacking, the hotel credited with revitalizing the Meatpacking District with its opening in 2004, is continuing to usher in a new era of the neighborhood with New York‘s newest bull, El Toro de Oro, by Mexican Contemporary Artist Enrique Cabrera, in collaboration with the Meatpacking BID.
The hotel will install the temporary sculpture in front of the hotel today, with help from the Mexican Consulate of New York, in honor of Cabrera’s Mexican background, as part of the NYCDOT’s Art Program. El Toro de Oro’s debut today coincides with the start of the first New York Art Week, which will see four art shows open in the city: Independent, TEFAF New York, NADA New York, and the Future Fair. Auction houses and museums, such as the Whitney Museum in Meatpacking, are also participating.
El Toro de Oro, a geometric bull atop a wooden butcher block-inspired base, is a visual representation of the Meatpacking District’s dramatic growth over the last two decades. With the rising gold bull from the block – emblematic of the neighborhood’s more recent life as the go-to art, fashion, and luxury store center – the wooden pedestal pays respect to the district’s harsh heritage of meatpackers.
El Toro de Oro, a lingot bronze sculpture that will stand 4x4x8 feet on a 7x1x8 foot block, will greet hotel visitors and residents of the cobblestoned area with a regal presence. The polished bull looks to be free of flaws at first glance, but closer study reveals purposeful flaws, a reference to New York’s workaholic attitude. Gansevoort Meatpacking, which reopened this summer after a $30 million refurbishment, has established itself as a cultural hub in the neighborhood. Known for its extensive in-house art collection, guests and locals alike are invited to view works such as Banksy’s Flying Copper, Hassan Hajjaj’s Marques, 2012, and Richard Hambleton’s Standing Shadow – Blue, all of which are housed in Gansevoort’s black marble lobby and European-inspired cafe, Coffee + Cocktails.
The hotel’s penthouse, designed by Poliform, also functions as a gallery for artists such as Adi Oren, Frank Stella, Daniel Mazzone, and renowned photographer Mick Rock.