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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.

Ximena Garrido-Lecca

Exchange Value

Ximena Garrido-Lecca (b. 1980, Lima, Peru; lives in Lima, Peru)

Exchange Value is a 16 feet high replica of a “copper skull”, made using one million melted copper pennies fabricated prior to 1983 (thus with 95 percent copper content). “Copper skull” is the colloquial name of a form created naturally when copper envelopes a stone that is subsequently dissolved. Copper extractivism and industry are linked to the progressive disappearance of artisanal traditions and to the relationship between neocolonialism and liberal economics.


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.