THE STANDARD: It’s freezing today in NYC and it can be windy on top of The Standard, High Line. Tell us about the painting process of your installation, Le Coeur, 19 floors above the Hudson River and the Meatpacking District?
SHINJI MURAKAMI: I was helped by six friends, artists, and staff from Catinca Tabacaru, the gallery that represents me. It took us four days in total to paint Le Coeur. At the time, it was sunny and not too cold, so I can’t complain about being outside. Obviously the view was very nice, but after a while you realize that you have to finish the painting and it’s real hard work, so I kind of forgot about the view!
The drone video of the installation looks awesome. What was your first thought when you saw the picture?
I thought, “Wow, it’s so huge! I’m awesome!” [Laughs.] I like the idea that Le Coeur brings joy to the people, and when seen from the sky, you realize what a colorful and fun addition it makes in the middle of the city.