Concrete Jungle Jungle Love at Lever House

Watermelon + Toothbrush + Aquafresh, acrylic and spray paint on canvas. Notice the concrete block plant installation in the left part of the image

The new exhibit at Lever House is a traffic-stopping, colorful display entitled Concrete Jungle Jungle Love by Brooklyn-based artist, Katherine Bernhardt. The artist describes her installation as a giant fish bowl tank, with giant Jurassic objects, paintings, and soft sculptures. You can see the colorful, soft, giant, “gummy worm” sculptures ¬†scattered across the gallery floor – a big hit with viewers.

Drawing her inspiration from symbols of urban living and her travels in Mexico and Puerto Rico, the installation appears as if a terrarium, with the gallery’s huge glass windows overlooking Park Avenue.

Puerto Rican Green Parrot, 72 x 60 inches, acrylic and spray paint on canvas

The gallery space is located on the lobby level of Lever House, which was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The building, resembling a glass-box skyscraper, was completed in 1952. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1982, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Concrete Jungle Jungle Love by artist Katherine Bernhardt will be on view at Lever House through September 28, 2017. Lever House is located at 390 Park Avenue, 53rd-54th Streets.