Christopher Columbus Gets Makeover in NYC's Columbus Circle

Ginger Zee checks out a new art exhibit at the famous New York City landmark.
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because I'm nobody's senator but yours. t Text1 plain Welcome back, everybody. Remember going eye-to-eye with christopher columbus. People here in new york are just about to get that experience and the chance to do it. Thanks to an art project involving one of the city's iconic memorials. A group called the public art fund is behind it. And ginger zee made the hike 25 blocks north of here. And then, got on top of the statue. Ginger? Good morning, sam. Not only are we 25 blocks north, but we're also seven stories up, blov columbus circle. This is an iconic intersection here. We're seeing it like we've never seen it before. Breathtaking views. You wait until we get inside this project. We will come face-to-face with one of new york's most iconic statues. As unexpecting crowds stroll by, above them, on scaffolding, is one of new york city's boldest art projects. But few people know what it is. Weird. This is cool. Reporter: A 70-foot statue of christopher columbus built in 1892, has been transformed into modern art. This is the first time any of us will actually have a chance to get face-to-face with this amazing statue. Reporter: Inside these four walls, high in the sky, the 13-foot marble icon takes immense center stage, in a room furnished by bloomingdale's in a modern apartment. Startling contrast of the old and the new. It's so creative. It never would have occurred to me to take the statue and present it in different ways to let people get up front and close and personal. If you will. Reporter: It's the work of japanese artist. Who has done famous statues around the world. This latest one is expected to attract thousands. It's a landmark. And I would love to be a part of it, if I could. We're not going to keep you outside. We're going to take you inside this beautiful apartment. It's huge. It's much bigger than most. It has the most beautiful views of new york city. The couches, the drapes. And look at this really cool aspect. See the wallpaper. He actually designed this. You have michael jackson, McDONALD'S. You have everyone. Basically that represents america. And what's more america than a 13-foot marble statue right in the middle of your living room. If you want to come here, you go to publicartfund.Org. And you get free agents, TOMORROW THROUGH NOVEMBER 18th.UNTIL THEN, I have to hand it back over to sam. Ginger, I love the columbus apartment. How many bathrooms in that place? Yeah. I have four. There's not one, is there? No, there isn't. Which substantially reduces the price. But you can touch columbus. And that's amazing. Ginger zee, thank you so much

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