This week we bid farewell to Sarah Sze’s Still Life with Path (Model for Habitat), the intricate sculpture flanking the High Line’s pathway at West 21st Street.
Emerging from the plants on the High Line near West 21st Street is an art installation that has captured the imagination of visitors. It is a sculpture by New York-based artist Sarah Sze called Still Life with Path (Model for Habitat), and it was commissioned by High Line Art, our public art program that invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
Sarah’s sculpture consists of interconnected elements that merge seamlessly to create visual interest and a resting place for birds and butterflies at the High Line, while also complimenting our view of the cityscape. Since its debut last June, Sarah’s sculpture has quickly become a favorite feature at the High Line, attracting compliments from visitors and a great deal of public acclaim, including media coverage in the The New Yorker and a special award from the US Art Critics Association.
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Like other artworks commissioned by High Line Art, Sarah’s sculpture is a temporary installation. The work will be on view through Thursday, June 7, and while we are sad to see her sculpture go, our ever-changing art program means there is always a surprise at the High Line, a reason to come back to see something new.
We will miss stocking the feeders with seeds and fruit and observing the park’s wildlife gather on the artwork throughout the seasons. Those who are worried about the feeding and nesting opportunities for birds can rest assured there will be no negative impact. While Sarah’s sculpture did provide feeding perches with seeds, there are many different varieties of berries on the High Line for birds to enjoy, as well as insects and nesting opportunities all along the park. Learn more about the birds at the High Line.
Stop by to see the artwork one last time, and watch this video to listen to Sarah talk about her work.
Read more about current and upcoming High Line Art projects.