Harry Macklowe calls his gesture a "proclamation of love"; Complex calls it petty and "massively mean." Whatever it may be, two photos (see them here) plastered on the side of the tallest residential building in the world—and the second-tallest building in New York City—are definitely attracting attention. The 24-by-42-foot pictures printed on polyester mesh are affixed to the side of 432 Park Avenue, which Macklowe finished building in 2015, and show the 81-year-old next to his new wife, Frenchwoman Patricia Landeau, said to be 18 years his junior, the New York Times reports. Macklowe's ex-wife, Linda Macklowe, whom he was married to for nearly six decades before their messy divorce was recently finalized, had been set to buy an apartment in the building, but she was able to nix that contract during the divorce proceedings.
Harry Macklowe says he got the idea for his large-scale love display, which the New York Post calls the "height of spite" against his ex, after bidding a few thousand dollars for the gigantic photos at a charity auction. "My wife looks gorgeous, and I love the picture of me," he says, adding that when he thought about where to put the photos, he thought: "I own a building. Why don't I just hang a banner from my own building?" The Times notes that Macklowe isn't sure how long the photos will remain hovering over Manhattan, though Page Six says they'll stay up for a month. "Our smiling faces will be on a building that I built—and I am proud of my wife [and] my life," Macklowe says. Who doesn't appear to be on the outs with her exes: Landeau, whose first and second husbands, and their new spouses, attended her wedding to Macklowe last Thursday, each even toasting her at a luncheon. (Read more exes stories.)