Welcome To The Zoo on Park Avenue!

Monday, April 18, 2022


Welcome To The Zoo on Park Avenue!







in February 2022, Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) launched its inaugural art installation on Park Avenue with world-renowned artist, Idriss B. POPA welcomes Idriss B. and his iconic polygonal shaped animal sculptures that now inhabit Park Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City. Sculptures include Rexor the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mojo the Gorilla, Baloo the Bear, Manny the Mammoth, and more, between 34th and 38th Streets. The sculptures will be on display for one year.

Born and raised outside Paris, France, Idriss B. has shown an interest in art since childhood. With decades worth of experience helping to create retail and window displays for luxury brands such as Dior, Moncler, Coach and Michael Kors, Idriss B. launched his unique artistic collection of origami-polygonal shaped animal sculptures in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and now, New York City. 

“One of the most beautiful places in the world is New York, and it is the perfect place for me to exhibit my work. It is a hardworking city with a warm family environment, so it is very fitting for people to see and feel the strength of my pieces while bringing the fun to everybody, especially the kids,” said Idriss B.

In bringing his artwork to New York City, Idriss B. has collaborated with POPA, which supports the care, maintenance and planting of the malls of Park Avenue in Murray Hill. The works are exhibited through NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, which fosters the creation and installation of temporary public art in New York City. The exhibit will be on view until February 2023. 

Balo the Bear (pink)
by Idriss B.
at 35th Street and Park Avenue
Diego the Sabertooth Tiger
by Idriss B.
at 35th Street and Park Avenue
Mojo the Gorilla (yellow)
by Idriss B.
at 36th Street and Park Avenue
Balo the Bear (blue)
by Idriss B.
at 36th Street and Park Avenue
Manny the Mammoth
by Idriss B.
at 38th Street and Park Avenue
Urus the Buffalo
by Idriss B.
at 37th Street and Park Avenue
Dundee the Crocodile
by Idriss B.
at 37th Street and Park Avenue, NYC
Gorilla (red)
by Idriss B.
at 38th Street and Park Avenue, NYC

“As Chairwoman of POPA, I’d like to thank Idriss B. for amplifying the beauty and culture of our iconic Park Avenue and installing the first ever art exhibit on the malls of our beloved Murray Hill,” said Victoria Spagnola. 

“As CEO & Co-Founder of WindowsWear, I’ve always been impressed with Idriss B.’s work with major luxury brands worldwide,” noted Jon Harari, “and as Co-Chairman of POPA, I’m thrilled to connect his work with New York City.”

(left to right) Jon Harari, Idriss B., and Victoria Spagnola
are pictured with Mojo the Gorilla. Photo: Raul Tovar.  
NYC Parks Senior Public Art Coordinator Elizabeth Masella announced, “We are happy to partner with Patrons of Park Avenue on their inaugural exhibition and welcome Idriss B.’s colorful, geometric sculptures to New York City through our Art in the Parks program.”

About Idriss B.

Idriss B.’s collection is made by molding his vision of contemporary art to create polygonal animal forms in different sizes, which can also be sold to collectors as limited edition pieces to provide many opportunities for everyone to own their own unique piece of art. idrissb.com

Patrons of Park Avenue

Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA), a committee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, supports the care, maintenance and planting of the malls on Park Avenue in New York City. Funding for the seasonal planting and maintenance programs is provided by donations from building owners, co-op boards, condo buildings, private donations, grants, and The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. All individuals and businesses are welcome to get involved in Patrons of Park Avenue. For more information, get in touch with us at patronsofparkavenue.org/contact

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

The mission of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association (MHNA) is to continue to make Murray Hill a highly desirable place to live, work and visit. The MHNA does this through programs to preserve the neighborhood’s historic character, greening and beautification, liaising with local government officials about quality of life issues, providing information about the neighborhood, and social events. murrayhillnyc.org

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks Program

For over 50 years, NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program has brought contemporary public artworks to the city’s parks, making New York City one of the world’s largest open-air galleries. The agency has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 public artworks by 1,300 notable and emerging artists in over 200 parks. 

Even as the sculptures were being installed
they were noticed by passers-by.
Flatbed trailers carrying the sculptures on the left.
Photo (top) Rexor the Tyrannosaurus Rex, by Idriss B, at 34th Street and Park Avenue.
Updated 4/23/2022.