Originally the High Line was coined as the “lifeline of New York” in the 19th century. It was an elevated railway that allowed trains to transport meats and dairy products to warehouses along the west side without interfering with street level traffic.
The High Line today has become one of New York City’s most interesting parks, which spans 1.45 miles from Gansevort Street to the rail yards at 34th street. It is an interactive park that invites visitors to engage in its architecture, history, neighborhood and artists.
There are many unique and interesting pieces of art featured on the High Line that are actually difficult to find unless you are looking for them.
Starting at Gansevort Street, “Bouvetoya” by Katrin Sigurdardottir, which is a glacial island hanging upside-down from the construction beams.
Along the High Line near 13th street is a large white marble stone that is the island of Manhattan, where you can search for all your familiar buildings as an actual mini replica of NYC. (Yutaka Sone “little Manhattan, New York, New York”)
Spencer Finch made a piece called “The river that flows both ways” in which he drifted on a tugboat on the Hudson river and photographed the water every minute for 700 minutes. As an end result he chose a pixel of color from the water in each photo and transformed it into a single pane of glass. As the day progresses the windows change color, making the art piece constantly changing.
Graffiti typically has always been with spray paint but Damian Ortega cleverly adds a new spin to his piece “Physical Graffiti #2” with making it a live standing tag bent out of re-bar.
Everyone at some point has left their wallet and beloved phone behind. Ryan Gander has made a very realistic bronze cast of his personal items called “Toodaloo” in which it looks so realistic you would like to pick it up and return to it’s lost owner.
By around 25th Street on the High Line you come across Kaari Upson “My mom Drinks Pepsi II” which is a sculpture cast out of pepsi cans and appears light but is really made in cement.
Nearing the end of the High Line at 34th street there is a “build it your own” city constructed of Legos created by Olafur Eliasson called “Collectivity Project”. It is a city constructed of over 2 million Legos that changes by whomever chooses to build. A truly fun activity at the end of your walk.