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A Jan. 13, 2008 file photo shows traffic rounding New York's Columbus Circle and its 70-foot-tall column topped by a statue of Christopher Columbus high above a hectic intersection in midtown Manhattan. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has encased the 70-foot-tall column in scaffolding and is in the process of erecting a living room - complete with couch, coffee table and lamps - around the figure of Columbus. Some Italian-Americans say the art project makes a mockery of the great explorer and trivializes history. (AP Photo/Cameron Bloch, File)

A Jan. 13, 2008 file photo shows traffic rounding New York's Columbus Circle and its 70-foot-tall column topped by a statue of Christopher Columbus high above a hectic intersection in midtown Manhattan. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has encased the 70-foot-tall column in scaffolding and is in the process of erecting a living room - complete with couch, coffee table and lamps - around the figure of Columbus. Some Italian-Americans say the art project makes a mockery of the great explorer and trivializes history. (AP Photo/Cameron Bloch, File)

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.