Park update: The Interim Walkway at the Western Rail Yards (between 30th & 34th Streets) is temporarily closed today.

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30th Street Challenge
Give by June 20

To meet the demands of our busiest time of the year, we ask all friends of the High Line to help us raise a total of $30,000—$1,000 for each block of our 1.5-mile-long park along Manhattan’s West Side.

Photo by Jason Mandella

Richard Galpin

Viewing Station

May 2010 – May 2011

Richard Galpin is best known for creating altered photographs of cityscapes. His chosen method of manipulation is to cut and remove the top layer of the colored emulsion from his photographic prints, exposing the paper substrate. By eradicating part of the photograph, the imagery becomes altered to the point of total abstraction. Using clean lines and sharp angles, Galpin’s technique produces works with an emphasis on geometric shapes, recalling early 20th century movements such as Constructivism, Cubism and Futurism.

For the High Line, Galpin has created a ‘viewing station’ that functions in a manner similar to his cut photographs. Park visitors look through a viewing apparatus lined up with a metal screen from which geometric shapes have been cut. The combination of these two devices gives visitors an altered, abstracted view from the High Line.

Artist bio

Richard Galpin (b. 1975, England) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Hales Gallery, London (2011); Galeria Leme, San Paulo, Brazil (2010); Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis (2008); Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2008); and Roebling Hall, New York (2005). Group exhibitions include Malborough, Chelsea, New York (2011); Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee (2010); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2010); and the British Museum, London (2007).


This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.