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30-Foot-Tall Inflatable Bottle Of Ketchup Charms And Confuses In City Hall Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- You want fries with that?

It's hard to miss the 30-foot-tall inflatable ketchup bottle at City Hall Park.

"Daddies Ketchup" was created by artist Paul McCarthy and is part of the latest exhibition by the Public Art Fund called "Common Ground."

The privately funded exhibition features works by 10 artists from around the world who took the "tradition of civic sculpture and expanded upon it."

WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reports


"Their works are meditations on the public role of art and artists, the boundaries between public space and private thought, and our relationship as individuals to the broader community," said Nicholas Baume, Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator.

McCarthy's giant condiment container is meant to satirize the traditional monument, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported.

It had some passersby scratching their heads.

"It's somewhat baffling," one man said. "It's interesting what we call art these days and in my opinion that's not really art."

"I don't understand how it beautifies space, it's a giant bottle of ketchup," another man said.

Others had only positive things to say about the display.

"It's great, you only see things like this in New York. I just came from Michigan, I was out of state, you won't see stuff like this out there, only in New York," another man said. "I need some giant inflatable french fries to go with that ketchup."

"It's huge and I'm not sure if I get but I appreciate that it's there and I hope that they keep doing it," one man said.

Councilwoman Letiticia James observed, "That just makes me more hungry and I need to lose weight and we need to eat healthier and if anything that should be asparagus there."

She added an inflatable big apple would also do the trick.

The exhibition on display through November 30.

What do you think of the exhibition? Let us know below...

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