Ever dream of memorializing yourself as a sculpture in a public park? These lucky kids transformed dreams into reality on July 15 by creating personalized monuments as part of Arty Hours  on the High Line. In this innovative weekly program, kids create their very own masterpieces in response to different sculptures in the group exhibition Busted , currently on view. Inspired by Frank Benson’s Human Statue (Jessie), kids were encouraged to create a sculpted self-portrait as a monument using clay-like materials. Benson’s bronze statue is a life-size sculpture of a standing female dancer dressed in haute couture, with her arms gently open in an oval shape and a shield-like disc resting at her feet.
Arty Hours inspires kids to think creatively about the artistic process in relation to the art on view at the High Line. In relation to Human Statue (Jessie), the High Line staff explained that artists often use body movement and specific objects in their work to convey meaning. Thus, kids thought carefully about how they portrayed themselves and were encouraged to include a symbolic object in their self-portrait that reflected their personality.
The July 15 Arty Hours was the second event of the program, which successfully kicked off the week before by focusing on Goshka Macuga’s thought-provoking Busted work, Colin Powell. For that event, participants contextualized the sculpture within the tradition of Cubism, specifically in comparison to works by Albert Gleizes and Pablo Picasso, and created “seed monuments” of clay and seeds that sprouted flowers over time. Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Since then, Arty Hours has also focused on Andra Ursuta’s Nose Job, Amalia Pica’s Number One, and Ruby Neri’s Before a Framework. Thanks to the High Line Education team, these kids will be art connoisseurs in no time!
Join us for the next Arty Hours: Saturday, August 10,  (Steven Claydon's Unlimited and Limiters) from 10:00 AM to noon, at the 23rd Street Lawn on the High Line. This program is free and open to all ages.
Arty Hours is part of High Line Kids, which is generously supported by MetLife Foundation.