Tom Otterness: Alligator and Visionary
Though not owned by NYU, Tom Otterness: Alligator and Visionary are viewable by NYU's Jay Street Campus in Brooklyn. Originally a Public Art Fund project, the following describes the works:
"Along the busy thoroughfare of Myrtle Promenade, throughout the MetroTech Commons and in the lobby of One MetroTech Center, discover the Lilliputian bronze figures of sculptor Tom Otterness (b.1952, Wichita, KS). Otterness creates an intriguing storybook world of underdogs and overlords, cops and robbers, exuberant hybrid animals, utopian dreamers and happy-go-lucky revelers. Commenting on his use of materials, the artist states, “bronze gets polished where people touch it. It’s like democracy. You can see what people like the most.” Otterness’s combination of dry humor, political satire, and social tableaux presents a uniquely accessible and engaging public sculpture exhibition."