High Line Elevates Work Of Local Artists
One of the city's newest parks is focusing on new art as well. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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Art should be an elevating experience. So perhaps it's no surprise you can find some wonderful contemporary art inside New York City's only elevated park.
"The High Line is such a unique park in its design, its elevation, its structure, its shape, and we want the experience of visiting here to be totally unlike any other park. So one of the ways that we're doing that is with a very robust public art program, in which we're commissioning artists to create site specific art works to go in the park on a temporary rotating basis," said Lauren Ross, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. curator & director of arts programs at Friends of the High Line.
One of the pieces on display is by Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch.
"The artist spent a entire day on the river, in the summer of 2008, with his camera set up on the deck of a boat with his camera pointed towards the river. He did a 700 minute trip on the Hudson, took 700 photographs of the river, and then used those photographs to determine the colors of the panes of glass that you see here," Ross said.
A few blocks north, of course, the view changes.
"So one of the great things about the High Line is it gives us great vistas onto the city and this is an artwork by an artist named Richard Galpin, it's called 'Viewing Station,' and it similarly plays with that new perspective that the High Line gives us," Ross said. "So, the artist has constructed this apparatus. Visitors to the park can look through the viewing box, which lines up with the metal screen that has geometric shapes cut out of it and then view of the buildings across 10th Avenue are transformed, the whole view becomes an abstract composition that, in a way, is more like a painting than looking at actual space."
At the northern end of the park at 20th Street is a work by Brooklyn artist Valerie Hegarty.
"And this piece re-imagines a mid 19th Century Hudson River school landscape painting. It makes it look as if the painting has actually been sitting outdoors. So it's sort of a fun, tongue in cheek piece that suggests that perhaps this representation of nature actually wants to go to a natural state," Ross said.
Since it opened last June, the High Line has welcomed more than two million visitors.
The arts program also includes music, dance, film and more.
For more information, visit http://www.thehighline.org/about/public-art