A Special Award for Sarah Sze’s High Line Art Installation

Sarah Sze’s complex architectural sculpture rises up on either side of the pathway, forming a gateway that visitors can pass through. Photo by Iwan Baan

This week, the US Art Critics Association (AICA-USA) announced its annual awards recognizing artists, curators, museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions for their work in the past year.

Topping the list in the category of “Best Project in a Public Space” was Sarah Sze for her High Line Art installation, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat).

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Emerging from the shooting perspective lines of the landscape of the High Line, the sculpture extends through space like a perspective drawing in three dimensions. The artwork is simultaneously an observatory, an experiment, and a metropolis, evoking urban construction, scientific models, and attempts to capture nature in situ.

Sarah Sze’s sculpture, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), is a favorite with visitors and migrating songbirds. High Line staff fill the sculpture with bird seed, fruit, and other foods to attract birds, and butterflies and other beneficial insects.

A temporary installation originally commissioned in 2011 by our then curator Lauren Ross, the piece will be on view until June of this year.

Read more about current and upcoming High Line Art projects.

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