Kim Beck, The Sky Is The Limit

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The Sky Is the Limit/NYC by Kim Beck built on the concept of Space Available, the artist's sculptures on rooftops along the southern end of the High Line. The Sky Is the Limit/NYC was on view beginning at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

The Sky Is the Limit/NYC consisted of fleeting messages from advertising billboards and storefront signage written by a skywriting plane. Phrases like “Last Chance” or “Now Open” gradually unfolded, and then faded back into the air, inviting viewers to interpret the language in their own unique way. With the uncertainty in the economy, The Sky Is the Limit/NYC was intended to play upon universal longings for hope and change by engaging the most potent symbol of longing in the landscape: the sky.


“In the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West writes ‘Surrender Dorothy’ in the sky,” said Beck. “The Sky is the Limit/NYC echoes this vague threat, in this case of a double-dip recession, while using the media of smoke to create a drawing in the sky.”

Viewers were encouraged to share their thoughts by uploading photos to the High Line Flickr Pool, and tagging them on Twitter with #nyskywriting.

About the Artist

Beck divides her time between New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Mattress Factory, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among other venues. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Publishing Program for Emerging Artists at Printed Matter, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Her work is included in such public collections as the Carnegie Museum, Denver Art Museum, and Memphis Brooks Museum. Beck holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Brandeis University. Her upcoming solo show at Mixed Greens opens on October 13 and run through November 12, 2011.


This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

This High Line Art Commission is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and Mixed Greens, NYC, with additional support from the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon.

The High Line Art program is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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