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Adam and Eve 1990

by Fernando Botero, 1932

The two 20-foot-tall bronze sculptures in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle are hard to miss. Colombian artist Fernando Botero quickly rose to fame for his paintings, but in 1973, he moved to Paris and began sculpting. Botero has done various renditions of Adam and Eve, both in sculpture and in painting. The supersized style of his figures has become his signature, and has been given its own name–Boterismo.

Mall visitors have been known to touch and interact with the sculptures– so much so that the dark bronze patina on the Adam figure’s genitalia has worn off.

Botero’s work can be seen in various locations around Manhattan, with fourteen of his sculptures situated along Park Avenue from 54th to 61st Streets, and two additional pieces in Doris C. Freedman Plaza.