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Author: 
Erika Harvey
The High Line’s winter landscape is characterized by the dried stalks and seed heads of plants, like the compass plant.
 

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: 
Kate Lindquist
The great Ada Louise Huxtable, standard setter for architecture criticism as we know it. Photo by Gene Maggio, via The New York Times
 

Author: 
Erika Harvey
30th StreetA December scene in the 10th Avenue Square, as seen from below. Photo by Alan Greig
 

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
30th StreetThe transformation of the High Line’s final section into public open space has begun. Within the grey containment tent at West 30th Street, construction workers are cleaning and painting the High Line’s steel structure, one of the first tasks to prepare the site for waterproofing and landscaping. Photo by Timothy Schenck
 

Site preparation is underway on the third and final section of the High Line. Construction crews are working through the cold winter temperatures to clean and paint the High Line’s railing, steel beams, girders, and columns.

Follow us after the jump for photos and more details.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Wintersweet blooms are produced on older growth, and High this season marks the first flowering at the park.
 

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
Year End Blog Post: header image


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.

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