High Line Art's Spring Season

Goshka Macuga, Colin Powell, 2009. Part of Busted, a HIGH LINE COMMISSION. On view April 2013 – April 2014 on the High Line, New York. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

We’re excited to bring you a fantastic spring season of art on the High Line, with new commissions, installations, and video screenings by acclaimed artists. Our overview of what’s on view takes you northward, from Gansevoort Street to the High Line at the Rail Yards.

West 14th Street and West 22nd Street

High Line Channel, an outdoor video program, is presented at two different areas along the High Line. At the 14th Street Passage—Channel 14—see Modern Times Foreverby Danish art collective Superflex. The longest video ever made, the 240-hour film imagines a modernist building’s decay over the course of thousands of years.

Relax on the Seating Steps at West 22nd Street and take in Channel 22. Through May 31, we’re screening Oscar Muñoz’s Re/trato, in which the artist paints and repaints an endless self-portrait using a brush and water.

Spencer Finch's The River That Flows Both Ways
Chelsea Market Passage, at West 15th and West 16th Streets

Inspired by the Hudson River, Spencer Finch's The River That Flows Both Ways documents a 700-minute journey the artist undertook from a tugboat drifting on Manhattan's west side.


Throughout the park

Who are today's heroes and who does the public expect to see memorialized in monuments? Busted, a group exhibition featuring nine international artists, answers these questions with wit and humor. Be sure to see each of the sculptures, from Sean Landers’s Pan at Gansevoort Street to Steven Claydon’s UNLIMITEDS & LIMITERS at West 28th.

The tenth and final Busted sculpture will be determined by you during our Nominate anyone—your favorite celebrity, your sister, your hero—who you would like to see commemorated in a sculpture on the High Line. After Friday, May 17, we’ll select five nominees, and the winner will be chosen by popular vote.

West 18th Street and 10th Avenue

You may have seen Ryan McGinley’s dreamy billboard, Blue Falling, greet visitors at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue this past April. We’re very excited about our next billboard, premiering June 3, and if you’d like to be among the first to find out who the next artist will be, sign up for High Line Art’s email newsletter.


Virginia Overton’s Untitled
Stacked Parking at West 20th Street

Your eye may have passed right over Virginia Overton’s sculpture installed in the Edison ParkFast stacked parking lot next to the High Line at West 20th Street— the artist’s transformed pickup truck doesn’t look out of place among the lot’s vehicles. Overton has used pickup trucks in previous work, turning them into platforms for artistic creativity.


El Anatsui's Broken Bridge II
Western wall between West 21st and West 22nd Streets on the High Line

This shimmering wall of mirror and metal is the largest outdoor installation ever created by El Anatsui, one of the foremost contemporary artists of his generation. Originally shown in Paris during the 2012 Triennale, this ambitious artwork has been reconfigured by the artist for this unique location. Broken Bridge II, made of recycled pressed tin and mirrors woven together, creates a stunning visual of wave-like patterns and folds. At 37 feet high and 157 feet wide, the work beautifully reflects the surrounding landscape of the High Line while evoking traditional practices of tapestry weaving.

Uri Aran’s Untitled (Good and Bad)
West 25th and West 26th Streets

This playful sound installation explores how we use personification and animal metaphors to define human behavior in our daily conversations. Working with a professional voice actor who uses a formal, slightly affected pronunciation, Uri Aran has created a sound track that emanates softly from the planting beds below the elevated pathway on the High Line between West 25th and West 26th Streets. The sound track features the actor reading a list of creatures, from common ones, like the household cat and the spider, to more wild ones, such the platypus and the shark, each described as “good” or “bad.” So yes, the planting beds are talking to you, and no, you are not going crazy.


Carol Bove’s Caterpillar
The High Line at the Rail Yards

Reservations for Caterpillar are now full for walks taking place May 16 through August 3. Check back in mid-June to make reservations for walks in late summer and the fall. Bove explores the role and function of art in the public space with seven new sculptures installed within the self-seeded landscape on the High Line at the Rail Yards. Her site-specific installation highlights the uniqueness of its location and opens a magical environment for viewers.

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