Gilbert & George's 'Waking' Returns Your Gaze

Photo by Steven SeveringhausThose eyes! Gilbert & George's Waking keeps a close watch on the High Line. Photo by Steven Severinghaus

Waking (1984), the prismatic High Line Billboard by artists Gilbert & George, draws the eye like a magnet. However, unlike most billboards vying for your gaze on any given day in New York City, this one gazes back.

Such a captivating work of art was bound to inspire photographers, and Waking began to appear frequently in our Flickr pool. We found these shots by Steven Severinghaus particularly striking.

Waking will be on view at West 18th Street through Tuesday, October 1.

Photo by Steven SeveringhausWaking peers through the High Line's Art Deco railing. Photo by Steven Severinghaus
Photo by Steven SeveringhausWith its saturated colors, Waking appears lit from within. Photo by Steven Severinghaus
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