Park update: The Interim Walkway at the Western Rail Yards (between 30th & 34th Streets) will be closed to the public on June 12 & 13.

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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 Bill Orcutt

Sarah Sze

Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)

June 8, 2011 - June 6, 2012

On the High Line, between West 20th and West 21st Streets

June 8, 2011 – June 6, 2012

Artist Sarah Sze is world-renowned for her intricate installations that shape space with hundreds or thousands of interconnected sculptural elements. For the High Line, Sze has created an elaborate metropolis of perspectival architectural models that are bisected by the High Line path itself. The sculpture forms an open gateway that visually frames the views to the north and south, as well as allows park visitors to physically enter and pass through the space it outlines. The architecture, complex and dynamic, acts as a bird, butterfly and insect observatory, with perches, feeding spots and birdbaths throughout.

Emerging from the shooting perspective lines of the landscape of the High Line, the sculpture extends through space like a perspective drawing in three dimensions. The structure climbs, spins, accelerates, and emphasizes the open trajectory of the High Line and modeling systems of development and growth. The artwork is simultaneously an observatory, an experiment, and a metropolis, evoking urban construction, scientific models, and attempts to capture nature in situ.

(1) Photo by Bill Orcutt; (2-3) Photo by Austin Kennedy; (4) Photo by Sarah Sze.

Artist bio

Sarah Sze (b.1969, Massachusetts) lives and works in New York City. Sze is best known for her assemblage installations that incorporate large quantities of found and man-made materials into complex ecosystems. Most recently, she represented the United States at the 55th International Venice Biennale (2013). Recent solo exhibitions include the Asia Society Museum, New York (2011); Tanya Bondakar Gallery, New York (2010); Lyon Biennale, Lyon (2009); Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, England (2009) and the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2008). Her work has also been featured in recent group exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2012); CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2012); Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo (2012); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011), among others.


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.