Amanda Palmer
New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

August 20, 2015

(See more of my photos from this show here on Flickr)

Here are some of my photos from Amanda’s performance as a living statue in front of the New York Public Library to raise awareness of children’s literacy and to collect donated books in a children’s book drive.

I live-tweeted the event for Amanda on twitter, and I’m stoked to see a quick photo I took on my iPhone announcing the event’s start get so many retweets and favorites:

IT’S HAPPENING @NYPL {@HayleyFiasco for AFP} pic.twitter.com/2R5IgNkSqL

— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer)

August 20, 2015

Soon Amanda will share video of the performance, and soon I will share some my photos that I took backstage, but until then, enjoy these shots from the event.

It was a beautiful performance, and as always, I’m honored to have experienced it, witnessed it and have been part of it.

PERFORMANCE ART SUCCESS selfie with @amandapalmer

A photo posted by Hayley Rosenblum (@hayleyfiasco) on Aug 20, 2015 at 4:20pm PDT

Leviathan, 2006 - 2013

by Damien Hirst 

Hirst acquired this 6.8 metre-long basking shark with the assistance of London’s Natural History Museum, after it was found washed up on a Cornish beach. Stating the shark looked like a ‘monster from the deep’, Hirst titled the work after the mythical sea creature depicted in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. Leviathan is also a reference to the 17th century British theoretician Thomas Hobbes’ work of social contract theory. As much as a physical monster, Hirst’s ‘Levitathan’ can be interpreted as a reference to the darkness inside the mind of man.

Damien Hirst (b. 1965; UK, Artist).
Love Lost (Large River Fish), 2000.
Aquatic tank and filtration unit, couch, table, stool, surgical instruments, computer ring, cup, watch and fish. 274.3 x 213.4 x 213.4 cm (9 ft x 7 ft x 7ftl. Courtesy: Damien Hirst/Science Ltd. and Gagosian Gallery, New York.