A headless giant is currently standing outside The Standard hotel in New York. Named ‘Big Kastenmann’ and sporting a pink-and-grey suit, with a somewhat boxy silhouette, the 18ft figure is the first public artwork by Viennese artist Erwin Wurm to grace the city’s streets.
The artist’s human sculptures are often grotesque, trapped in a latex fat suit or with strange appendages protruding from their bodies. His latest character is rather more demure – aside from his missing head. Big Kastenmann has brushed-metal legs and a 5.5m cast aluminium torso, coated with dripping, baby-pink enamel paint.