Since it opened in 2009, New York’s High Line, the elevated public park running down the West Side of Manhattan, has been a triumph of high concept architecture, ecological design, and popular appeal. Although the third and final phase of construction has yet to be completed, the park has already become a key New York City tourist destination, and has transformed its surrounding neighbourhoods with a number of site-specific commissions, ranging from large billboards to discreet sound installations, by leading contemporary artists.
Now, The High Line’s first group exhibition similarly maximizes the context of the park. Titled Lilliput, the exhibition features miniature sculptures, tucked in and around the High Line, hidden below foliage and on benches – a sculptural treasure hunt for visitors.
The exhibition features an impressively international group of young artists: Francis Upritchard (New Zealand), Oliver Laric (Austria), Tomoaki Suzuki (Japan), Alessandro Pessoli (Italy), Erika Verzutti (Brazil) and Allyson Vieira (US). Many of the sculptures are designed to weather along with the park environment. Vieira, for example, has created a bronze cast of a pyramid of paper cups, discreetly placed alongside a large planter; the geometric sculpture will weather, collecting water and debris over the year long course of the exhibition.
This first group show signals an expansion of the High Line Art programme. The park is also hosting a new series of performance art, which launched on 22 April with a restaging of Alison Knowles’ Fluxus event score Make A Salad, and will continue into the summer with performances from Simone Forti and Channa Horwitz. Lilliput is at the High Line until 14 April 2013.
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