I'd long been intrigued by the bizarre sculptures hanging from the windows of 200 Seventh Avenue, between Second and Third Streets. Multicolored and almost alive-looking, they're one of the cooler things to stumble upon during a walk through the neighborhood. I finally set to figure out what their deal was back in October 2010, when I got in touch with artist Mark Ravitz, who also owns the building. At the time he was trying to rent out the ground floor, and was using it as his personal gallery space (a MetLife Home Loans office has since come and gone from there).
Turns out the guy is actually a very accomplished artist and designer, and is probably best known for doing set design for three of David Bowie's tours back in the 70s and 80s. He also designed Studio 54's infamous Halloween parties. During the public art movement of the late 70s, Ravitz decided to get involved by installing some of his art on his building, which he also maintains a studio in.
Over the years seven separate styles of "drips," as they're called, have been installed (photos of them all are on his website, which incidentally also provides a nice visual history of what used to be in the retail space there), and the newest one went up on the facade recently. Light blue and goopy-looking, they keep with the organic theme; these ones even appear to have tails and horns.
Just one more thing that makes our neighborhood awesome.