Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)

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June 8, 2011 - June 6, 2012
On the High Line, between West 20th and West 21st Streets.

Artist Sarah Sze is world-renowned for her intricate installations that shape space with hundreds or thousands of interconnected sculptural elements. For the High Line, Sze created an elaborate metropolis of perspectival architectural models that are bisected by the High Line path itself. The sculpture forms an open gateway that visually frames the views to the north and south, as well as allows park visitors to physically enter and pass through the space it outlines. The architecture, complex and dynamic, acts as a bird, butterfly and insect observatory, with perches, feeding spots and birdbaths throughout.

Emerging from the shooting perspective lines of the landscape of the High Line, the sculpture extends through space like a perspective drawing in three dimensions. The structure climbs, spins, accelerates, and emphasizes the open trajectory of the High Line and modeling systems of development and growth. The artwork is simultaneously an observatory, an experiment, and a metropolis, evoking urban construction, scientific models, and attempts to capture nature in situ.

About the Artist

Sarah Sze lives and works in New York City. She has had solo projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. She currently has a solo exhibition of her work up at MARMAC, Nice, France. Her work has been exhibited in international venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, the Whitney Biennial, and the Sao Paolo Biennial. Sze is a 2003 John and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow. Upcoming exhibitions/projects include Sarah Sze: Works on Paper, Asia Society, New York; a choreographic collaboration with Trajal Harell, which will premier at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; a permanent installation for Estuaire in Nantes, France; and a solo exhibition at the Mudam in Luxembourg. Sze is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. She has a degree in painting from Yale University, 1991 and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1997.


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.

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