Harlem has a new resident celebrity, and it's ready for its close-up.
"Reclining Liberty," a 25-foot-long sculpture of a lounging Statue of Liberty by artist Zaq Landsberg, arrived in Morningside Park over the weekend.
Inspired by the giant reclining Buddhas found in Asia, the statue is already attracting visitors on its hilly perch just up from the entrance at Morningside Avenue and W 120th Street, where it will remain until April 2022.
Landsberg, who has been adding a oxidized copper-like patina to the sculpture in recent days, confirms there's a political message to the sculpture.
Is Liberty sleeping? Or is it simply reclining?
He says it's up to the viewer to decide: "I don't want to hit people over the head with it."