The time has come to bid farewell to Thomas Houseago’s HIGH LINE COMMISSION Lying Figure, installed on the High Line at Little West 12th Street. Lying Figure is a 15-foot-long bronze sculpture of a headless giant, leaning on its elbows between the High Line’s original rail tracks.
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Houseago frequently creates enormous, monumental works, which resonate intimately despite their stature. The small details of Lying Figure provides insight into their creation. In exploring abstract lines and figurative forms, Houseago continues a tradition of sculpture spanning from Giacometti to Picasso. “I am strongly of the opinion that one of the powerful elements of sculpture is that it shows the presence of a body,” says Houseago. “It’s something I feel more urgently as things become more digital and the human hand is removed. I want you to be able to walk in and feel the process.”
Lying Figure is particularly poignant in contrast with the works in Lilliput, the group exhibition currently on view on the High Line through April 1st. Lilliput’s title and theme derives from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, evoking a magical yet macabre world populated by fairy tale creatures, mysterious idols, and dreamlike landscapes. Lying Figure functions as a giant—the park’s very own Gulliver—surrounded by Lilliput’s diminutive sculptures dotting the park’s pathway.
Lying Figure will be on display on the High Line through Friday, March 14th and Lilliput will be on view through Monday, April 1st.
Stop by this week to see the works together for the last time. Download a free, printable High Line Art Map to guide your visit, and sign up for the High Line Art E-News to get announcements about new commissions coming later this spring.