The High Line Portrait Project was inspired by the many High Line supporters who have helped bring the project from an unlikely dream to a reality. When Friends of the High Line was founded in 1999, the High Line was a rusty industrial relic under threat of demolition. Now construction is underway to transform the structure into a one-of-a-kind public open space, the first section of which is expected to open in 2008. The High Line shows the possibility of the most far-reaching dreams to come true.
Photographer Tom Kletecka created portraits of more than 800 High Line supporters in front of a backdrop by Joel Sternfeld. Each participant was asked to share his or her dream. Installations of these portraits can be viewed at special outdoor galleries in the High Line neighborhood through summer 2007. The galleries are located at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, 18th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, 10th Avenue at 18th Street, and 10th Avenue at 30th Street.
The High Line Portrait Project is made possible through the generous support of Fujifilm.
The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure on Manhattan's West Side. It was built in the 1930s to remove dangerous trains from Manhattan's streets. No trains have run on it since 1980. Friends of the High Line (FHL), a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit group, formed in 1999 by two neighborhood residents, Robert Hammond and Joshua David, when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. FHL's mission is to preserve the structure for reuse as an elevated public open space. FHL gained the City's support in 2002. The High Line south of 30th Street was donated to the City by CSX Transportation Inc. in 2005. The team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro is now at work on a design for the High Line's public landscape. Construction began in spring 2006, and the first phase (from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) is projected to open in 2008.
For more information and to see designs for the new park, please visit www.thehighline.org.