Lu Pingyuan (b. 1984, Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China) lives and works in Shanghai, China. Tree is a sacred, ancient mountain pine tree as an anthropomorphic cartoon. The work draws on Asian literature traditions, where pine trees growing on steep cliffs often symbolize independence, monasticism, tenacity, longevity, and hospitality.
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.