NYU Langone Hospital has a children’s hospital at 34th Street, the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. The newest children’s hospital in NYC provides inpatient and outpatient care for children who have rare and complex conditions, as well as more common childhood illnesses.
The hospital has installed a large sculpture near the front door that adds a bit of fun to what can be an upsetting and frightening experience: Spot!. A 38 foot tall sculpture of a dalmatian balancing a taxi on her nose. And yep, it is a real NYC taxi.
The scuplture is by Donald Lipski, a NY artist living in the neighborhood the hospital is in (Murray Hill). He has been creating art since the 1970s and now works on large public pieces, with over 20 sculptures on display throughout the United States.
Spot! is made of fiberglass and steel. The taxi is an actual Toyota Prius, donated by the car manufacturer. While it has no engine, transmission, or seats, the windshield wipers and lights work. Lipski wanted to create a sculpture reminiscent of a toy to pay homage to the Hassenfeld family the hospital is named after. The family were the founders of the Hasbro toy company.
Don’t forget to check out her gold painted nails.