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High Line Art: Richard Galpin's Viewing Station

EnlargeA rendering by the artist.

Later this evening, Friends of the High Line will debut Richard Galpin’s Viewing Station, a new interactive public art exhibit that offers abstracted views of buildings and streetscapes adjacent to the High Line. Viewing Station invites park visitors to peek into a view finder that aligns with a screen cut with geometric shapes. The resulting view emphasizes neighboring buildings’ texture and color.

Following the debut, artist Richard Galpin will speak in the Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line about the evolution of Viewing Station and his other work.

With its clean lines and sharp angles, Viewing Station encourages park visitors to see and experience the views from the High Line in a whole new way. Viewing Station is located on the High Line between 17th and 18th Streets. It is free and open to all and will be on display through Spring 2011.Read the press release.

Viewing Station is the latest exhibit in High Line Art, a program that commissions new and innovative artwork for the High Line. With more than 2,000,000 visitors to the High Line since it opened less than a year ago, High Line Art introduces contemporary artists to a wide audience and provides park visitors with a unique and enriching experience.

Interested in learning more about Galpin's Viewing Station and other public art on the High Line? Join Lauren Ross, Friends of the High Line's Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of Arts Programs on a walking tour on Sunday at 10:30 AM as part of New York Gallery Week. Space is limited to the first 25 people who arrive. Meet at the Gansevoort Place (under the High Line at Gansevoort and Washington Streets.)

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