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 22

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.

Théo Mercier

The Quarrel of the Ancient and the Modern Capitals

Théo Mercier (b. 1984, Paris, France; lives in Paris, France)

The Quarrel of the Ancient and the Modern Capitals is a monument to accelerationism, technical progress, and eclectic architecture. The tire, serving as a basic architectural element, is a metaphor for the history of modernity; the massive extraction and exploitation of natural resources; and technical progress, over-consumption, acceleration, globalization, and non-recyclable planetary pollution.


Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by members of the High Line Plinth Committee and contemporary art leaders committed to realizing major commissions and engaging in the public success of the Plinth. Learn more about the High Line Plinth Committee.