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Mary Sibande (b. 1982, Barberton, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sibande’s proposal recreates the pedestal that holds a sculpture of Jan Van Riebeek—the first Dutch person to travel to what is now South Africa—that currently stands in Cape Town. The crumbling pedestal is pecked by red chickens, a symbol of anger.
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.