Harry Macklowe said he posted portraits of him and his new wife, Patricia Landeau, to celebrate their love
Billionaire real estate developer Harry Macklowe was looking to make “a proclamation of love.” So, he had giant photos of his and his new wife’s faces posted on the side of one of his buildings in New York City.
Macklowe, 81, recently wed French businesswoman Patricia Landeau after a contentious months-long divorce trial from his former wife Linda Macklowe, according to the New York Times. After the wedding, Macklowe was looking for a way to show off new portraits of the couple.
“My wife looks gorgeous, and I love the picture of me,” Macklowe told the Times. “Since I wasn’t getting married during the summer in the Hamptons. I wasn’t able to hire an airplane with a banner to go up and down the shoreline. I thought: ‘I own a building. Why don’t I just hang a banner from my own building?”
Now, pedestrians walking by the massive residential building at 432 Park Avenue see a smiling Landeau and Macklowe in portraits 24 feet wide and 42 feet high, according to the Times.
“She looks considerably younger than he is and I’m certain the previous wife is not happy about the circumstances,” one woman told WABC.
As for Linda, a vice president and trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, the Times reports that she recently had a contract to buy an apartment in the building, but has since been permitted to exit the agreement.
Linda and Macklowe were married for more than 50 years and were ordered by a divorce judge to split their $2 billion fortune, Bloomberg reported.
Now, Macklowe isn’t sure when he’ll have the photos taken down, he told the Times. But it seems passersby aren’t sure what to make of the grand display.
“It’s weird to see and I feel like if I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t need the whole of New York City see my and my other half’s face on the side of a building,” student Teya Goakey told the Times. “That’s a private thing. I wouldn’t need the whole city to know of my wedding.”
Another person, Allen Gross, added of Macklowe: “He could have done something much better, something that would attract people’s attention. That’s not going to do it.”