Christopher Walken Rex Sculpture Debuts in First Park

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 at 6:10 am by

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No, that green giant in First Park is not Godzilla. Nor is it the latest Banksy piece to hog headlines.

Behold, the sixteen-foot-tall “Christopher Walken Rex,” created by a gaggle of Lower East Side teenagers. The crew reportedly spent the summer working on the freak sculpture; completed product was installed in the pocket park on Saturday afternoon. Its placement here is the first of many showings around the city.

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Locals Caleb Kuball and Ethan Cyr dreamed up the crazy idea last April after watching Queen of Versailles. Cyr noted, “I saw how rich those kids were, and their lack of creation with all that money. I decided if I could get that much money I would make something great.” Thus began the Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund for materials. Based solely on a graph-paper sketch, the design quickly met and surpassed its goal of $750. Indeed, they raised $2,680.

The gang, Photo: RHG Productions

The gang, Photo: RHG Productions

 

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