You can help choose the High Line’s next public art installation

August 14, 2020

Banu Cennetoğlu, “right?”

The High Line is reviewing proposals for its next two art installations and is asking the public for feedback. The Plinth, part of the elevated park’s newest section, the Spur, which opened last year, is dedicated space for public art, visible from the street at 30th Street and 10th Avenue. Eighty nominated artists have submitted proposals to be considered for the third and fourth Plinth commissions and now you can provide comments for each on the park’s website.

Nina Beier, “Women & Children”

Lu Pingyuan, “Tree”

While most of the elevated park is linear and made for walking, the Spur features a large plaza with seating, perfect for public programming and art. The Plinth, inspired by the Fourth Plinth in London, gives the installation high visibility above 30th Street, with sweeping views around it.

The first Plinth commission, Simeone Leigh’s Brick House, opened last June. The 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman “combines the forms of a skirt and a clay house.” The sculpture features a mix of architectural styles of West Africa and the American South.

Eighty artists from 40 countries submitted proposals for the third and fourth Plinth commissions, according to the park. An advisory committee, made up of artists, curators, and professionals brought together by High Line Art, nominated the artists.

Mary Sibande, “Old Ware are Out and A New Reason of Humanity is In”

Faheem Majeed, “Freedoms Stand”

Bronwyn Katz, Untitled-roots

A shortlist of artists that will move on to the next part of the proposal process will be selected this fall and present models of their work in a public exhibition next year.

The two winning proposals will be installed in 2022 and 2024. The second commission is expected to be announced in the coming from and will be on view for 18 months following Brick House, which ends its High Line run in September.

See all 80 proposals and give feedback on them here.


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