Photo: New sculpture in front of the Barclays Center


“Ona” by Ursula von Rydingsvard, a 20-foot bronze sculpture sits in front of the Barclays Center. Photo via Twitter.

A few weeks back I wrote about the sculpture that would be installed in front of the Barclays Center. Well, on Monday they installed it and here is the photo via @BSchulzBKN on Twitter who called it a rock/tornado sculpture.

That’s what it looks like to me, a rock-tornado, but my wife, who has a minor in art history from St. John’s, informs me that since it’s call Ona, which is “she” in Polish, and is a piece of modern art that it’s more likely to be a part of the female anatomy rather than an awesome rock-tornado.

The sculpture, designed by Ursula von Rydingsvard, is actually a 20-foot bronze statue and is estimated to have cost between $500K and $1 million. It was commissioned by David Berliner, COO of Forest City Ratner, and is mean to symbolize that the Barclays Center is not merely a sport events arena, but is a cultural center as well.

“With a little paint and a lot of imagination, students are transforming their neighborhood streets into more inviting places,” NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said of the sculpture in a statement. “This colorful narrative educates New Yorkers about working together to make our streets even safer.”

I guess get ready to tell people to, “meet me at the rock tornado.”

The official unveiling will be held at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10:00 a.m.

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