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Hudson Yards’ and Hell’s Kitchen’s favorite giant gorilla just got a “Flower Flash” from Lewis Miller Design.
Lewis Miller is famed for dressing New York with guerilla-style street art installations made with flowers. He and his team have covered subway stations, bus stops, smokestacks, and dumpsters in the past.
This morning King Nyani got the treatment. “This one’s for the kids! The pint-sized, mask-wearing, remote-learning, resilient little troopers who have rolled with it and missed out on so many special occasions from birthdays to graduations, this Flower Flash is for you!!” they shared on Instagram after decorating the gorilla. “Covid will not last forever, there is a lot more fun to be had in the future but in the meantime here is a giant, flirty gorilla surrounded by fresh flowers.”
Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance, who look after the Bella Abzug Park where King Nyani rests, said: “We couldn’t be happier to have Lewis Miller’s team adorn King Nyani with this incredible arrangement. In a beautiful flash of appreciation for city’s kids, these flowers will be up for the next couple of hours — don’t miss it!”
The 4-and-a-half ton gorilla sculpture by Australian Artists Gillie and Marc Schattner has been on display in the park since last September (he departs in May this year). King Nyani is the largest bronze gorilla statue in the world. Nyani means gorilla in swahili.