On Monday, August 1, 2011, Friends of the High Line debuted Robert Adams' Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, the second installment in Landscape with Path, a series of large-scale photographs selected by Joel Sternfeld and presented on a 25-by-75 foot billboard adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street. The installation will remain on view for one month.
Adams’ photograph stands in direct contrast to the pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles traveling along 10th Avenue. The image shows a quiet country road--devoid of cars or any other human presence--where the gathering of cottonwood leaves in the foreground is the sole activity. “I have never looked at a Robert Adams photograph without being deeply stirred,” says Joel Sternfeld. “But the image that has an ineluctable hold on me is Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, Nebraska.” Adams made this image in 1978 as part of a survey to discover how the grand landscapes of the western United States had been shaped, in ways both subtle and dramatic, by human development. A sequence of pictures from this series was published in his 1980 book, "From the Missouri West."
Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County is the second installment in Landscape with Path. The photography series celebrates the High Line's dual nature as an urban walkway and landscape promenade, and brings the work of three eminent photographers to park visitors on a grand scale. Joel Sternfeld was invited by Friends of the High Line to serve as the guest curator of the series, and kick it off with one of his own images of the High Line, A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000, which helped raise public awareness about the High Line. Read more.
This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, 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, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. In-kind sponsorship for this series is provided by Edison Properties.