Rob Pruitt's The Andy Monument will not be removed from Union Square on schedule. It's sticking around due to popular demand. According to Kellie Honeycutt, representative for Public Art Fund, the sculpture will stay up through the tourist season, with the thought that millions more will see it.
This is the second time the sculpture’s exhibition has been extended. The Public Art Fund commission was initially conceived as a temporary installation running from March through October 2011. For the time being, the life-size Andy Warhol will remain on view through the end of summer.
Union Square Partnership, the organization responsible for The Andy Monument's on-site upkeep, has said that aside from wiping off occasional lipstick kisses, maintenance has been minimal. Seems like people *really* like that artwork.
Once the Union Square exhibition ends, the Public Art Fund plans to relinquish the rights of the sculpture back to Rob Pruitt. And then it'll be up to Pruitt to decide where his shiny Andy moves next.