Daniela Ortiz (b. 1985, Cusco, Peru) lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Ortiz’s proposal revises the statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In Ortiz’s rendering, the white man is removed, the Black man and the Indigenous man wear t-shirts with slogans protesting structural racism, and the horse rests. Hand-painted tiles show four scenes of anti-colonial struggles in the US at the base.
Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons, Jennifer Allan Soros, Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Doug Oliver, Mario J. Palumbo, Jr., Susan Scherr, Susan Viniar, and Anonymous.