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Author: 
Kat Widing
Photo by Timothy Schenck Carol Bove’s Celeste (2013) peeks through the Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) at the rail yards. Photo by Timothy Schenck

Carol Bove’s organic shapes and weathered metals seem to sprout from the natural landscape on the undeveloped section of the High Line at the Rail Yards like the green grasses, trees, and flowers surrounding them. For those that have seen Bove’s fantastic installation, Caterpillar, you may have wondered about the names and types of plants around you on your tour, and so have we! Luckily, Tom Smarr, our Director of Horticulture on the High Line, walked us through the rich variety of flora at the rail yards, giving us a crash course about the rich assortment of plants and trees occupying the landscape.

Author: 
Jennette Mullaney
Photo by Steven SeveringhausThose eyes! Gilbert & George's Waking keeps a close watch on the High Line. Photo by Steven Severinghaus

Waking (1984), the prismatic High Line Billboard by artists Gilbert & George, draws the eye like a magnet. However, unlike most billboards vying for your gaze on any given day in New York City, this one gazes back.

Such a captivating work of art was bound to inspire photographers, and Waking began to appear frequently in our Flickr pool. We found these shots by Steven Severinghaus particularly striking.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
Andrew Frasz's image of El Anatsui's Broken Bridge II on the High Line Photographer Andrew Frasz 's image of El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II captures the majesty of this work on a brilliant morning. The piece is installed between West 21 and 22 Streets on the High Line and is on view until September 30.

Brooklyn-based High Line Photographer Andrew Frasz perfectly captured the brilliant color and detail of High Line Art installation Broken Bridge II in the context of the High Line. His images of the park on this early morning speak to the precision and skill he brings to his craft, and when looking through his work one can clearly see his knack for representing spaces in a clear, beautiful way. See the rest of Andrew’s images from that morning here.

Read more after the break.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
EnlargePhoto by Friends of the High Line

At the southern end of the 14th Street Passage an out-of-place tree sways in the September breeze, attracting the attention of park visitors as they pass. With its tall, nearly 18-foot stature, full head of verdant fronds, and slender bare trunk, this tree looks as if it’d be more at home along a white-sand beach than among the soft textures and warm colors of the High Line’s fall landscape.

This curious tropical visitor is Adonidia merrillii, also known colloquially as the “Christmas Palm.” It earned this nickname because its fruit turns a bright scarlet color in winter. Don’t be fooled, however, about its cold-hardiness. While the trees are well-adapted to living to habitats outside their native Philippines, you won’t find it north of the southernmost reaches of Florida.

So, then, what brought this tropical palm to a four-season park like the High Line? Keep reading to find out.

Author: 
Ashley Tickle
Gilbert & George, Waking. Photo by Timothy Schenck
 

The High Line Art Billboard is back in action, sporting Gilbert & George’s Waking (1984) next to the High Line at West 18th Street. With luminous colors and thick black outlined figures, the semi-mirrored composition of faces and bodies recalls the look of a stained glass window. Gilbert & George stand confidently in the center of the billboard, with their hands clasped in front of them, surrounded by mask-like faces and a line-up of young men. Taken together with the title, the scene suggests a sort of inner awakening in the passage from boyhood to manhood supported by the inclusion of various age groups.

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Author: 
Kat Widing
Arty HoursAt Arty Hours, held Saturday mornings, kids are encouraged to think creatively about the artistic process in relation to the art on view at the High Line. Photo by Elena Bernstein

Ever dream of memorializing yourself as a sculpture in a public park? These lucky kids transformed dreams into reality on July 15 by creating personalized monuments as part of Arty Hours on the High Line. In this innovative weekly program, kids create their very own masterpieces in response to different sculptures in the group exhibition Busted, currently on view. Inspired by Frank Benson’s Human Statue (Jessie), kids were encouraged to create a sculpted self-portrait as a monument using clay-like materials. Benson’s bronze statue is a life-size sculpture of a standing female dancer dressed in haute couture, with her arms gently open in an oval shape and a shield-like disc resting at her feet.

Author: 
Kat Widing
The artist (bottom center) installing her High Line Commission Untitled. Photo by Friends of the High Line.
 

With less than a month left to see Virginia Overton’s beloved pickup truck before it says its goodbyes, we thought this was a perfect time to spotlight Overton’s High Line Commission in relation to her prolific career.

Read more after the break.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
Photo by Friends of the High LineA view from the end of the High Line at West 30th Street offers a front row seat to the construction and expansion happening on the final section of the High Line. Photo by Friends of the High Line
 

When construction is complete, The High Line at the Rail Yards will stretch one half mile from West 30th Street to West 34th Street. The design renderings show a meandering path that will offer sweeping views of the Hudson River and a birds-eye view of the Hudson Rail Yards, now home to off-duty MTA trains.

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Author: 
Ashley Tickle
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Safe he called...), 2013. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York / London.
 

You only have a few more days to see artist Raymond Pettibon’s High Line Billboard No Title (Safe he called…), on view next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue. A work from his famous series of baseball drawings, Pettibon’s piece depicts the movements and dynamism of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Author: 
Jennette Mullaney
Nominees clockwise from left: Dorothy Parker, Peter Obletz, Magda Sawon, Daniel Reddan, and Florent Morellet. Photo of Peter Obletz by Peter Richards, photo of Dorothy Parker by unknown photographer.
 

As part of Busted, High Line Art’s latest group exhibition, we will be commissioning and producing a new work of art chosen by you—the public—for our #GetBusted contest.

You nominated a lot of great people for the first part of our contest. It was difficult task, but we were able to whittle the list down to five incredible nominees. You can vote for your favorite nominee once a day through 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1.

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