Candy Flags at the Port Authority Bus Terminal

Anyone whose ever been to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan knows that it is not our finest example of urban architecture, but it actually contains some great public art. I’ll leave the discussion of the permanent art installations for another day, but today I want to focus my attention on a temporary pop art installation of “Candy Flags” by artist Laurence Jenkell. Titled Crossroads of the World, the exhibition consists of large fiberglass sculptures in the shape of individual wrapped pieces of candy, each one decorated with a different country’s flag. The art is fun and whimsical, adding color to an otherwise drab space. (Although I couldn’t avoid random caution signs and cleaning supplies nearby the art occasionally!)

Here are just a few of the candy flags I found while exploring the Bus Terminal:

United States
Australia
South Africa
Germany
India
Turkey
Mexico
Great Britain

There is also a gallery space which is opened limited hours. Although it was closed the day I visited, I could still see into the space and spotted these intriguing works of art.

Want to see this installation yourself? It is located in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, near Times Square in Manhattan. It is easily reached by subway from either the Times Square/42nd Street/Port Authority subway stations. I believe the installation will be at the Bus Terminal until December 2018.

16 thoughts on “Candy Flags at the Port Authority Bus Terminal

  1. I can’t imagine much art in bus station hereabouts unless it’s informal and unscripted performance art by a drunk trying to find the night bus to Ilford. These are great, though and do add a splash of fun to the tedium of awaiting a bus.

  2. This was an unexpected blast from the past for me – I remember seeing sculptures just like these dotted across Cannes several years ago when I was there on holiday! What a nice way to brighten up a bus terminal 🙂

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