The Man Behind the Metal: Paley on Park Avenue Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On Thursday, October 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm, join world-renowned metal sculptor and burn survivor Albert Paley on a one-time walking tour of his new 13-sculpture installation on Park Avenue. Don’t worry if you don’t understand modernist art. You just have to like inspiring people, like Paley.

On July 26th, 2002, while suspended 30 feet in the air, Paley was cutting a piece of metal with a blowtorch when a gas line burst and engulfed him in flames. Subsequently, he was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. With over 30 percent of his body covered in third degree burns, Paley spent the next month in the Burn Unit and underwent two skin grafts operations. Then, he resumed work.

Paley, who is now fundraising to support burn victims and burn prevention awareness programs, will serve as your personal guide through his steel wonderland.

Think big. Created specifically for Paley on Park Avenue, these 13 steel monstrosities range from 2.5 to 7.5 tons in weight, and measure up to 21 feet high and 40 feet long. Sharp edges and energized swoops are softened with leafy cut outs and feathered teeth. Strong lines evoke the crisscrossing streets and avenues, the buildings that pierce the Manhattan skyline. And yep, they are all the colors of the wind. From afar, the sculptures appear as though they could be made from paper. Swaying, sprouting and gridlocked, Paley on Park Avenue captures the cacophonous jungle of New York—a perfect medley of nature, human ambition and raw, inundating scale.

Tickets are $250 and available for purchase here. Proceeds will benefit the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, Inc.—a non-profit that supports programs for those who have suffered serious burn injuries—and the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center—one of the largest burn centers in the nation. 

Participants will meet at the Renaissance Hotel Rooftop on Lexington Avenue before the tour and afterwards for wine, beer and hors d’ouevres. As if you needed another reason go, the newly constructed rooftop bar uses Kindle menus and offers stunning views of the Chrysler building. Très chic!

‘Progression’ Paley on Park Ave, Copyright © 2006 – 2013 Paley Studios


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