Sometimes I think that New Yorkers are more amused by public art displays than the myriad of tourists you’ll find snapping pictures of them. I think that one of the most refreshing experiences is when you see something that has become routine to you in a different way — whether that means walking on the opposite side of the street than you normally do during your morning commute, or seeing something outrageous dropped into the middle of a neighborhood you frequent.
As you can imagine, I was utterly delighted when I rounded the corner off of Broadway on to East 8th Street and saw these lampposts festooned with neon colors. The exhibit is called “Flaming Cactus” and was installed by a group called ANIMUS Art. If you look closely, you’ll see that they are made up of what appear to be huge plastic zip-ties, but from far away they look like bizarre neon cacti! This definitely brought a smile to my face on an otherwise routine trip to Astor Place.