NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new art installation at One World Trade called “XO World.”
The sculpture is 12 feet high and was brought there via crate over the George Washington Bridge and then hoisted in place via crane.READ MORE: After Long Battle With COVID-19, Rockland County Man Embraces Newfound Love For Painting
It’s inspired by the worldwide game of jacks — the X is a jack made up of crossed arms, which is love in sign language.
The O is the globe.
The artist, Daniel Anderson, was born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey, and now resides and works in Montclair. He studied art in Florence, Italy and at Syracuse University.
“The idea is to provide world peace from world trade, and to embrace the pillars of equality, unity, peace and love,” Anderson said. “This piece was inspired by a lot of social tensions across the country and across the world and really bringing people together,” Anderson added. “I think the important thing was to sort of realize how small we are, and the use of scale.”
There’s another sculpture in Oculus. It depicts four children of different races playing jacks, called “XO Play.”READ MORE: Thousands Show Up For Event Showcasing Gowanus Artists
“This universal game really transplanted us back into that simple childhood place of beautiful accepting co-existence,” Anderson said.
Onlookers said they were impressed by the artwork.
“It’s just interesting how they’re all playing together, as you say, without bias or anything,” Jersey City resident Amadou Diallo said.
“I can’t wait to take a picture of it and share it with people I know,” another person said.
Anderson said he hopes the exhibit is the start of something bigger.
“Much bigger than any piece of art, you know? But a movement,” he said.
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The piece will be on display until December. XO World at World Trade will be there for the next two years.