Updated Sat., Dec. 12, 3:40 p.m.: This guy and his little dog suddenly appeared on a bench Thursday in Tompkins Square Park by the Avenue A and E. Ninth St. entrance. He was cobbled together from cardboard, including tubes and sneaker boxes.
This art installation was so temporary that the Parks Department probably trashed it as soon as they found it the next morning. You could probably forget about the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 in this case.
By following the hashtag on the figure’s chest, you could find out that the piece was by East Village artist Tom Manco, who in 2017 was the winner of the New York Aquarium Mural Competition.
In a video on his Web site, Manco talks about his love of “sneaker culture.” A multifaceted creator, he also does furniture, as well as interior and exterior design, with past jobs including the Meatpacking District restaurant Pastis.