“If you walk or bike along the Brooklyn Greenway this month, you’ll probably see something very unexpected: a 10-foot-tall sculpture of Picasso mowing a lawn,” Artnet News recently reported, describing Elliott Arkin’s “cartoonish lawn gnome of the world’s most famous painter.”
The sculpture is part of the 1983 Amherst graduate’s series of sculptures whimsically depicting famous artists as lawn gnomes.
“I used to say that if Picasso was around today he would have to mow lawns for a living,” he said. “The art world has changed that much.”
“Many of his works for the publication are ‘insider’s jokes’ about figures in the art world that wouldn’t be known by the general public,” writes the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.