Since the first section opened to the public in 2009, the High Line has inspired many in the West Chelsea community to install murals, sculptures, and other works of art around the High Line. We are often asked if these projects are part of High Line Art, and although they are not part of our curated program, they are popular attractions for visitors to the High Line, and add to the vibrant art community that surrounds the park. Here are some highlights from this summer season:
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra recently created a wall mural on the side of a building at West 25th Street. The mural is based off the iconic 1945 photograph V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Read more.
Charles Hewitt, Urban Rattle
Artist Charles Hewitt recently installed a large-scale sculpture titled Urban Rattle, in the courtyard of Ten23, a new residential building. Commissioned by Equity Reality, the work is on long-term view and can be seen from the High Line at West 23rd Street. Read more.
JR, Inside Out Project
In 2011 French artist JR began a global art initiative – the Inside Out Project – which was inspired by his large-scale street murals. The project gives people a platform to share their portrait and a statement of what they stand for, with the world. JR’s mural next to the High Line at West 30th Street is of a Native American from the Lakota tribe from North Dakota. Read more.
High Line Zoo
Artist Jordan Betten has created a humorous rooftop sculpture garden featuring sound and video. The artist writes, “In this concrete setting, animal nature and human behavior can be observed from the perspective of living in an urban zoo.” Read more.
Erwin Wurm, Big Kastenmann (Big Box Man)
This is the newest addition is the neighborhood. The Standard, New York has installed a large-scale sculpture by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm in its plaza below the High Line. Big Kastenmann (Big Box Man) is a new 18-foot, 1.6 ton sculpture made of a single form of aluminum and pink enamel forged in the hills of southern Germany. The work can be seen from the High Line at Little West 12th Street. Read more.
Avenues: The World School
Atop the soon-to-be open Avenues school on West 26th Street sits an American flag, but not just any American flag. This abstracted version of the stars and stripes is by artist Frank Benson. We hear the school, which opens this fall, will also feature an impressive private art collections. Read more.