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Leaders of the Italian-American community, civil servants from New York, including police and sanitation workers and other guests, stand in what is known as the living room created by artist Tatzu Nishi that surrounds Gaetano Russo's 1892 sculpture of Christopher Columbus 75 Feet Above Columbus Circle Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in New York. The art installation “Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus," which brings people to eye level with the Columbus statue, became part of an annual wreath laying ceremony that celebrates Columbus Day. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Leaders of the Italian-American community, civil servants from New York, including police and sanitation workers and other guests, stand in what is known as the living room created by artist Tatzu Nishi that surrounds Gaetano Russo's 1892 sculpture of Christopher Columbus 75 Feet Above Columbus Circle Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in New York. The art installation “Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus," which brings people to eye level with the Columbus statue, became part of an annual wreath laying ceremony that celebrates Columbus Day. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NYC Columbus statue enveloped by 'living room'

October 8, 2012

The exhibit, "Discovering Columbus" by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, has become a must-see cultural attraction in New York

since it opened Sept. 20. Some 20,000 people have made the walk up six

flights of stairs for the up-close view of Columbus, as well as the

unique views of Midtown Manhattan and Central Park.