A revolutionary public space and urban revitalization project, the High Line is an ambling plant-lined elevated parkway converted from a long-abandoned historic freight line above the west side of Manhattan. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the 1.5-mile parkway, which stands 30 feet over street level, wraps around the Hudson Yards neighborhood. Visitors can walk through gardens, view art, see a performance, people watch, eat delicious food, connect with friends and enjoy unique perspectives of New York City.
An Elevated Destination For Art
The High Line is home to world-class contemporary art projects, such as site-specific exhibitions, murals, billboards, videos, and performances by emerging and world-renowned national and international artists . Visitors can see the works 365 days a year, all for free. The art program is designed to foster a dialogue with the surrounding neighborhoods and urban landscape.
The Plinth, located next to Hudson Yards on the Spur at 10th Avenue and 30th Street is the first space on the High Line, and one of the only sites in the city, dedicated solely to a rotating series of new, monumental, contemporary art commissions. The current commission is acclaimed Swiss-artist Pamela Rosenkranz’s Old Tree, a 25-foot-tall sculpture in vivid pink and red. According to the High Line, “Old Tree evokes metaphors for the ancient wisdom of human evolution as well as a future in which the synthetic has become nature.”
Other monumental works include NYC LOVE, a mural by Nina Chanel Abney, Column-Untitled No.3 by Yu Ji, Meriem Bennani’s Windy and Freedom’s Stand by Faheem Majeed. The High Line also turns into an open-air theater through live, artist-led events that take place on and around the park throughout the year. This series has previously featured works by artists including Kevin Beasley, Alexandra Pirici, Naama Tsabar, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company, among others.
The Action Converges at Hudson Yards
The High Line’s southern entrance is on West 14th Street at the new Whitney Museum. The trail runs north through Chelsea for a mile and a half, through the densest part of the gallery district, and concludes at Hudson Yards. While the park wraps the entire Hudson Yards neighborhood, a main entrance located on 30th Street by 10 Hudson Yards is a key access point for people visiting The Shops & Restaurants, The Shed and offices at Hudson Yards.