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Karyn Olivier (b. 1968, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Talking Obelisk reiterates in bronze an obelisk Olivier fabricated in Rome from cardboard boxes and dirt. The large scale iteration for the High Line features a pyramidion fabricated using gold-covered solar panels which light at night. Text on the obelisk’s base comments on the industrial, cultural, and real estate powers of West Chelsea.
Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons, Jennifer and Jonathan 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.