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Giant Picasso sculpture to adorn Columbia St. lot for another 4 weeks

July 13, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Spanish Gardener,” depicting artist Pablo Picasso mowing a lawn. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

A whimsical, 10-foot-tall sculpture of Pablo Picasso cutting grass with a lawnmower was supposed to be taken down from its temporary location in an empty lot this weekend, but the huge tribute to the Spanish artist just got a four-week extension, courtesy of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which sponsored the exhibit.

The massive sculpture at the corner of DeGraw and Columbia streets is the work of Brooklyn artist Elliott Arkin, who created a smaller version in 2009 as part of his “A Peaceable Kingdom” series featuring comic representations of famous artists, gallery owners and art critics.

“In overview, the piece can be seen as a salutation to the common man,” the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative explained. “A gardening lawn gnome can have many other implications as it compares artists to caretakers, planting ideas and doing the work that shapes our space and world.”

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