Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Sarah Sze High Line artwork finally comes down

Still Life with Path (Model for Habitat) by Sarah Sze

I'm really sorry to have missed this artwork by New York-based artist Sarah Sze on the famous High Line in New York. (To read more about the High Line scroll further down the page.) Still Life with Path (Model for Habitat) was a temporary installation that has been on display for a year (since June 2011). The elegant, spare design plays with the idea of receding perspectives and vanishing points. The artwork also incorporates fruit and bird seed for the birds and butterflies to feed and rest on.

There's a short film about the artwork here:

You can read a full article about the project here:

The commission is part of the High Line Art commissioning programme which has been running since 2009. One of the current projects is a billboard commission by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. You can read more about current and past commissions here: http://www.thehighline.org/about/public-art Previous artists commissioned include Spencer Finch and Thomas Houseago.

Another current commission is the group exhibition Lilliput which will run until April 2013 and forms a trail of miniature sculptures (as its name would suggest!) along the High Line.

About the High Line, from their website:
'The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.'

It currently runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009, and runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

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