The work, by Italian artist Tatiana Trouvé, consists of giant spools of thread.
Apparently the threads are supposed to represent the many paths in Central Park.
From the website of the Public Art Fund, which sponsored the work:
Trouvé created three large-scale storage racks that house a total of 212 spools. Each spool is wound with rope equivalent in length to a corresponding pathway and labeled to identify its location in the park. Trouvé’s work is also a reflection on the broader cultural significance of walking. It’s an activity that ranges from personal recreation to political statement, and has inspired poets, musicians, writers, and artists.As we wean our children from the stroller, walking is an all-too-common issue in our family. But mostly the kids try to make a political statement by NOT doing it.
Maybe this work will inspire them to change their ways.