High Line Art presents Busted, a new High Line Commission

Frank Benson, Human Statue (Jessie), 2011. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

Spring has sprung and with it, new sculptures are sprouting up and down the High Line. Today is the first day High Line Art’s newest HIGH LINE COMMISSION, Busted, a thoughtful and often humorous group exhibition addressing the very nature of public art and monument.

Learn more about Busted after the jump.

Inspired by the honorific statues dotting the streets of ancient Rome, Busted plays with the popular tradition of urban monuments and civic landmarks that have defined public space for centuries. With levity and wit, Busted addresses issues of democracy, taste, and representation of the self in the public sphere.

On view through April 2014, Busted features nine international artists including Frank Benson, Steven Claydon, George Condo, Mark Grotjahn, Sean Landers, Goshka Macuga, Ruby Neri, Amalia Pica, and Andra Ursuta.

#GetBusted
In addition to these nine exciting works of art, the public will help create the tenth and final sculpture in Busted. Beginning today, we invite you to nominate someone to be commemorated in a monument that will be installed on the High Line.

Take a minute to fill out a short form with the nominee’s name and a brief description on why they should be the subject a sculpture on the High Line.

Friends of the High Line will select five nominees from the submissions, and let the public vote on who should win. The winning subject will be announced in June, and will be turned into a specially commissioned sculpture, installed alongside the nine other works in Busted. The final sculpture will be on view at the High Line for the second half of the exhibition.

Learn more about Busted and our contest #GetBusted.

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