Art on the Go: One-of-a-kind High Line Billboard Tote Bags

Want to carry around a unique piece of art with you wherever you go? You’re in luck! High Line Art has launched a series of one-of-a-kind High Line Billboard tote bags, which were created from decommissioned works in the High Line Billboard series. And, as an added bonus, they’re eco-friendly. The billboards were treated with plant-based cleaners before being pieced and constructed into each custom-designed tote bag, making every single recycled bag a unique creation.

Read more after the jump.

EnlargeInstallation view of Allen Ruppersberg's You & Me. Photo by Timothy Schenck

For some background information on the program, High Line Billboard is a series of art installations presented on a 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line at Edison Properties on 10th Avenue at West 18th Street. Featured High Line Billboard totes include works by acclaimed artists John Baldessari, Thomas Bayrle, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for Toilet Paper, Allen Ruppersberg, and Paola Pivi.

EnlargeRuppersberg totes waiting to be assembled

Rather than let our beloved billboards gather dust in storage, we decided to give them a new life by becoming unique recycled tote bags that can be used every day. To create the bags, the billboards were sent to Ecologic Designs, a company in Colorado that specializes in sustainable and environmentally friendly products. After treating and cleaning the material, Ecologic Designs rolled out the billboards and stenciled out each billboard bag, recycling as much billboard material as possible. They then sewed the bags together, added handles and a trendy High Line Art logo in the inside pocket, and voilà – the High Line Billboard totes were born.

To purchase your own High Line Art Billboard tote, visit the High Line Web Shop!

The beginning stages of piecing out the totes, using Untitled by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for Toilet Paper.
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