Did you know that Friends of the High Line has been presenting public art since the opening of the park in 2009? Over the past six years, High Line Art has commissioned over 120 projects by 150 national and international artists. This program has broadened the audience for contemporary art, making museum-quality art available for free to the almost 7 million yearly visitors to the park. All the while, this thought-provoking, surprising, and engaging artwork is curated to make the most of the unique setting provided by the High Line.
One of the most playful and surprising mediums is a 25-by-75-foot billboard located next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue. This unassuming advertising billboard was transformed into High Line Billboard, a mammoth-scale canvas for artists from Paola Pivi, to Mauritzio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, to Faith Ringgold. This week we look back to the autumn of 2013, when Thomas Demand's High Line graced the billboard. High Line plays with the name of our elevated park, substituting a clothesline against what one can imagine to be an open sky.
At first glance
High Line looks like a simple photograph of clothespins clinging to a clothesline. The story behind its creation is more interesting than that: artist Thomas Demand uses inexpensive materials – like cardboard and paper – to create large-scale and lifelike models of objects, which are then photographed. After the photographs are taken, Demand destroys the models.
Space for High Line Billboard was donated by ParkFast.com