Chaya restaurant downtown is lovely and welcoming but what catches the eye immediately is the huge and vibrant chandelier -- it's about 8 feet across.
Then, one is drawn to the the candy rainbow of colors and that the piece is so precisely contructed and carefully balanced. It takes a moment to understand that the piece is an assemblage of everyday plastic objects: clothes pins, paper cups, scrub brushes, sunglasses, tape dispensers, bottles, handles and more.
It is the work of British artist Stuart Haygarth :
"My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance ( assembling them) in a way that transforms their meaning"
When you're stopped in traffic and the meter is ticking...
Your cab driver (on headphones, natch) suddenly bolts 3 lanes to the left between a bus, a cyclist and 2 other cars. While you compose yourself, since you do end up at your destination in one piece after all... instead of vitriol, just remember that this is the machinery that makes NYC taxi magic:
I find something sort of beautiful about taxi innards...and I like to know they stay properly tuned