John Chamberlain’s Aluminum Foil Sculpture at the Seagram Building

John Chamberlain, ‘MERMAIDMISCHIEF,’ 2009, colored aluminum foil, 13 1/2 x 169 3/8 x 130 inches. (Photo by Andrew Russeth)

Four of the huge, ridiculous sculptures that John Chamberlain had fabricated out of colored aluminum foil during the last years of his life are on view now outside the Seagram Building, on Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Streets. They’re a wild sight outside that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and  Philip Johnson’s austere and supremely rectilinear masterpiece, and they also happen to have absurdly great titles: PINEAPPLESURPRISE (2010), ROBUSTFAGOTTO (2008), FROSTYDICKFANTASY (2008) and, for the one above, MERMAIDMISCHIEF (2009). Its luminous mint-green pretty much steals the show (the other two are standard sculpture colors: light copper and silver). Almost makes me wish I were working in East Midtown, instead of West Midtown, for the next few months. The outdoor exhibition runs through Nov. 16.

Every Friday, Don’t Miss It! looks at a single artwork on view in New York.