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Author: 
Erika Harvey
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Follow us after the jump to check out a video montage highlighting our favorite events and happenings at the High Line in 2012.

Author: 
Ashley Tickle
Photo by Austin Kennedy.
 

In last week’s New York Observer, writer Andrew Russeth spoke with El Anatsui about his theory and process behind Broken Bridge II, his largest public artwork to date, which is now on view at the High Line.

“I felt the skyline is a strong defining element of this city, so the mirrors form large segments of the top. They invite the sky and skyline into the work in such a way that you do not know where mirrors end and sky begins,” the artist told the Observer.

Follow us after the jump to watch a timelapse video of the installation.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
 

With 100,000 plants to tend over one mile of parkland, and more than four million people stroll through the park, our gardeners worked hard to keep the High Line’s landscape thriving this year.

Join us after the jump to take a look back at four seasons of horticulture highlights at the High Line.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
 

Visit the High Line in December and you may be surprised to see two zebras peering out from a billboard at West 18th Street. This month, High Line Art presents a new HIGH LINE BILLBOARD commission, Untitled (zebras), by artist Paola Pivi.

Author: 
Ashley Tickle
One of Richard Artschwager's blps at 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Austin Kennedy. Courtesy the artist, Friends of the High Line, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
 

If you've visited the park recently, you may have noticed black lozenge-shaped marks on and around the High Line. The marks are called “blps” and they are part of one of our latest HIGH LINE COMMISSIONS, an installation by acclaimed artist Richard Artschwager.

The work is the first collaboration between High Line Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is building its downtown location next to the High Line’s southern terminus. You can find 9 blps installed in various locations through Sunday, February 3, 2013, in conjunction with the artist’s retrospective Richard Artschwager! at the museum.

Follow us after the jump to learn more and watch.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
The Standard, High Line's ice skating rink is now open. Image by Reza Courtesy The Standard, High Line
 

Our friends at The Standard, High Line have brought back what has quickly become a favorite winter tradition: the ice skating rink below the park!

Author: 
Erika Harvey


Project Runway All Stars is going green! Earlier this year, the cast of the hit show’s second season gathered at the High Line for a unique design challenge.

The episode airs tomorrow on Lifetime, and we can’t wait to see what the designers dream up.

Join us after the jump for more details, photos, and airing information.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
A design rendering of Hudson Yards. Image by MRI Courtesy Related Companies
 

In the coming weeks and months, you're going to see a major transformation underway at the High Line’s northern terminus.

Earlier today Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, and executives from the Related Companies and Oxford Properties Groupbroke ground on Hudson Yards – a major real estate development that it set to become the centerpiece of Midtown’s expanded central business district to Manhattan’s West Side.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
This beautiful evergreen shrub blooms with fragrant yellow flowers in the winter months.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Taken last month, this photographs shows construction crews lifting pallets of Roman brick from the courtyard onto the building’s fourth floor. Photo by Melissa Mansur
 

When you visit the park’s southern terminus this month, you will see the future home of maintenance and operations at the High Line taking shape. When it opens next year, the four-story building, called the High Line Headquarters, will provide critical space for High Line staff and park equipment, as well as a public elevator, public restrooms, and a public programming room.

Join us after the jump for more photos and an update on construction.