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Now on View: New High Line Art by El Anatsui

Stop by the park to check out the largest High Line Art installation to date.

Last week we debuted El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II — an intricate sculpture made of pressed tin and mirrors woven together like a tapestry. The piece was first shown in Paris at the 2012 Triennale, and was reconfigured for the High Line, where it is installed on an exterior building wall next to the park. It is a monumental installation that measures 37 feet high by 157 feet long, and reflects the park’s densely-planted landscape of birches, dogwoods, holly, and juniper trees.

Like the artist’s other sculptures, Broken Bridge II is made of recycled materials collected near the artist’s home in Nigeria, and evokes the economic and cultural traditions and histories of West Africa. CNN recently spoke with the artist about his practice and installation at the High Line.


Broken Bridge II will remain on view through the summer of 2013. It is one of 11 artworks currently on view at the park. Learn more about each work, and download a free seasonal art map to help guide your next visit.

Last Chance to Support the High Line Holiday Toy Drive

This is the final week to support our annual toy drive. Help bring holiday cheer to more than 300 kids in need living near the High Line.

Bring new, unwrapped toys to a drop-off location or stop by Posman Books or Chelsea Market Baskets in Chelsea Market to purchase a toy or make a financial contribution toward the toy drive. You can also purchase specially marked toys from the High Line Web Shop to donate to the drive.

December 8: Holiday Concert at the High Line

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive sing-along to your favorite carols.

We’ve invited the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus to perform during our annual holiday concert, with hot chocolate for purchase from Friedman’s Lunch and Chelsea Catering NYC, on Saturday at 2:00 PM at the High Line.

Get location and more details

The holiday concert is free of charge, but if you’d like to show your support, please consider donating a toy toward our
High Line Toy Drive. We’ll be collecting gifts and donations at the concert.

Web Shop Reminder: Order Holiday Gifts by December 14

The High Line Web Shop is a great place to find holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for all ages. Browse our collection of tees, hats, posters, and other special items like:

The Curious Garden Inspired by the High Line, Peter Brown takes kids on an illustrated adventure about a young boy who creates a hidden garden atop an abandoned railroad.

DVF High Line Tote Designed by Diane von Furstenberg, this stylish canvas tote will hold all the things you love. Take it to work, the grocery store, or out of town on a long weekend.

High Line Notecard Set For your horticulture enthusiast, this set of 16 notecards and envelopes feature vibrant photographs of Piet Oudolf’s naturalistic High Line landscape over the four seasons.

Purchase gifts by Friday, December 14 for guaranteed UPS ground delivery by Christmas Eve.

Plan Your Visit: Holiday Hours and December Blooms

The High Line will be open daily, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, during the winter holidays. Come visit and make the High Line one of your new holiday traditions.

December is a great time to enjoy the High Line’s winter landscape. In keeping with the vision of Piet Oudolf, the High Line’s plants are left in their natural state through the winter, rather than trimmed back when the cold weather arrives. That means that this month you will find colorful winter blooms, like Dawn viburnum pictured above, set against the wild grasses and dried seed heads from the past growing season.

To help guide your visit, download our newly-redesigned December Bloom List, a free printable guide with names and full-color photographs to help you identify plants of interest.

Download the December Bloom List

Highlights from the Web

Here are the past few weeks’ most popular items from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

High Line Blog
Construction Update: High Line Headquarters

The Grace smokebush have brilliant crimson foliage this week.

Our friends at The Standard, High Line opened a seasonal ice rink below the park!

Want more High Line?

Check out the High Line Blog, like the High Line on Facebook, and follow @highlinenyc on Twitter to stay connected.

2012 Matching Challenge: Double Your Support!

In the year to come, we must meticulously maintain the park even as we advance two major projects: the transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, and the completion of the new High Line Headquarters.

In light of this ambitious agenda, our Board of Directors has issued our largest challenge ever: if we can come together and raise $350,000 by 12/31, our Board will personally match every single dollar.

We know this is a huge goal. But we also know that, like building the High Line, we can accomplish incredible things when we work together. That’s why we’re counting on you, and every member, friend and supporter to take part, and contribute what you are able. Please, help move the High Line forward with a special tax-deductible contribution now, and have your gift matched dollar-for-dollar!

Friends of the High Line
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The High Line is managed by a partnership between Friends of the High Line and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Images from top to bottom: Marcin Wichary, Austin Kennedy, OCD, Barry Munger, OCD, Friends of the High Line, Patrick Cullina

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. and the Concordia Foundation. High Line Art 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 with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The High Line Holiday Toy Drive is presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with Hudson Guild, Fulton Youth of the Future, and the New York City Housing Authority, with in-kind support from Chelsea Market Baskets and Posman Books.

Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor of the High Line Plant Guide and the monthly bloom lists.

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