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Plinth

Newly opened in June 2019, the Plinth is the first space on the High Line—and one of the only sites in New York City—dedicated solely to a rotating series of new, monumental, contemporary art commissions. The Plinth is located on the Spur, the newest section of the High Line at 30th Street and 10th Avenue, where a large open space offers sweeping city views. Artworks selected for the Plinth will thus become part of the cityscape itself, remaining on display for 18 months.

 

Newly opened in June 2019, the Plinth is the first space on the High Line—and one of the only sites in New York City—dedicated solely to a rotating series of new, monumental, contemporary art commissions. The Plinth is located on the Spur, the newest section of the High Line at 30th Street and 10th Avenue, where a large open space offers sweeping city views. Artworks selected for the Plinth will thus become part of the cityscape itself, remaining on display for 18 months.

 

The next commission

Sam Durant’s Untitled (drone)

Now on view

The second High Line Plinth commission Untitled (drone) is a large-scale fiberglass sculpture in the shape of an abstracted drone atop a 25-foot-tall steel pole that will turn with the wind. With this work, artist Sam Durant seeks to make visible the intentionally obscured drone warfare perpetuated by the US, and to remind the public that drones and surveillance are a tragic and pervasive presence in the daily lives of many living outside—and within—the United States.

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About the Plinth

The High Line Plinth is a new landmark destination for public art, designed as the focal point of the Spur, the newest section of the High Line. Unlike most of the other sections of the park where visitors are moving along thoroughfares, the Spur is conceived as a natural gathering space. The Plinth serves as an anchor at the center of this piazza, creating a dialogue with the towering skyscrapers and arresting vistas of the immediate surroundings.

As the first location on the High Line that is solely dedicated to the presentation of art, the High Line Plinth provides artists an incredible opportunity to realize new and ambitious commissions on a scale rarely seen in the public sphere in New York. Inspired by the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square in London, the large scale and high visibility of the Plinth offers artists a unique platform to inspire a diverse public audience and contribute to the ever-changing conversation around contemporary art and monuments.

The inaugural High Line Plinth was initiated by an international advisory committee of 13 artists, curators, and art world professionals who each submitted recommendations of artists to invite to submit a proposal for the Plinth. Twelve proposals were then selected from the initial group of fifty. Simone Leigh’s Brick House, known as Cupboard VII in the proposal stage, and Sam Durant’s Untitled (drone), were ultimately chosen as the inaugural High Line Plinth commissions.

Shortlisted proposals for the third and fourth Plinth commissions

Maquettes now on view in the Coach Passage

See and read about the 12 shortlisted artists’ proposals for the third and fourth High Line Plinth commissions, to open in 2022 and 2024.

Simone Leigh's Brick House

June 2019–May 2021

The inaugural High Line Plinth commission, Simone Leigh’s Brick House, is a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman whose torso is conflated with the forms of a skirt and a clay house.

Proposals for the first High Line Plinth commission

Learn more about the 12 shortlisted proposals for the inaugural High Line Plinth commissions, selected from an initial group of 50 in 2017.

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Commissions

We work with world renowned artists to commission temporary, site specific sculptures, installations and murals that are visible from the high line and the surrounding neighborhood.

Channel

Everyday at dusk at High Line on 14th street, we screen a rotating selection of video and art, including both new and historic works

Performances

Artists create participatory, dynamic performances and transformative experiences that take advantage of the High Line’s great setting.

Support

Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported in part, with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by members of the High Line Plinth Committee and contemporary art leaders committed to realizing major commissions and engaging in the public success of the Plinth: Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Steve Ells, Kerianne Flynn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller and David B. Heller, J. Tomilson and Janine Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard and Harvey Schwartz, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Amanda and Don Mullen, Douglas Oliver and Sherry Brous, Mario Palumbo and Stefan Gargiulo, Susan and Stephen Scherr, Susan and David Viniar, and Anonymous.