Virginia Overton’s Rugged Elegance

Virginia Overton Installation view of Virginia Overton's Untitled in the stacked parking lot next to the High Line at West 20th Street. Photo by Austin Kennedy.
 

Hidden among the shiny cars in the tiered parking lot next to the High Line at West 20th Street rests a modest looking pickup truck. At first glance, this 1994 2WD Toyota appears to be just another vehicle waiting for its owner to take it for a ride, but look closely. As the brick-filled bed begins to materialize, the piece start to fall into place.

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Brooklyn-based artist Virginia Overton’s HIGH LINE COMMISSION draws attention, contemplation, and confusion as visitors marvel at the enclosed truck bed. By completely filling it with bricks, Overton references the now closed-off passageways on the High Line, which originally allowed trains to pass through the upper floors of warehouses and factories to drop off goods. Unable to transport goods itself, the pickup truck pays tribute to the history of the High Line and becomes a temporary monument to American car culture and life in today’s metropolises.

Overton’s piece for High Line Art will be on view until Spring, 2013. Stop by this weekend to check it out. The park will be open daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Virginia Overton Installation view of Virginia Overton's Untitled. Photo by Austin Kennedy.
 
Virginia Overton Installation view of Virginia Overton's Untitled. Photo by Austin Kennedy.
 
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