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High concepts on the High Line

Trish Brown Dance Company

Trish Brown Dance Company Credit: Trisha Brown, Roof Piece, 1971. Courtesy of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo by Babette Mangolt

When the High Line rolls out Section 2 next Wednesday, it won't be the only thing that's new at the popular elevated park. Friends of the High Line is celebrating by unveiling its summer installations starting that day.

"Artists were some of the earliest supporters of saving the High Line from demolition. Today, the High Line Art program strengthens the park's connection with the thriving arts district in West Chelsea," said Lauren Ross, the curator and director of arts programs for the High Line.

Look out for these projects as you explore the expanded park, which will now extend to 30th Street:

'Landscape With Path'
June, August, October; Billboard at W. 18th Street

This series consists of three photographs, each displayed for one month on the 18th Street billboard that faces the High Line. First up is Joel Sternfeld's "A Railroad Artifact, 30 St, May 2000," an image of the High Line's overgrown, pre-renovation past. Sternfeld is the guest curator of "Landscape" and has selected photographers Robert Adams and Darren Almond to exhibit in August and October.

'Still Life With Landscape (Model for a Habitat),' Sarah Sze
June 8 through spring 2012; at W. 20th St.

Sze's sculptural installation, flanking the walking path at 20th Street, will welcome visitors to the new section of the park. Constructed from wood and stainless steel, its open-archway shape is meant to evoke bird flight as well as urban construction. The piece echoes the aesthetic of the High Line itself in combining nature and the cityscape.

'Roof Piece,' Trish Brown Dance Company
June 9, 10, 11; Rooftops between W. 13th and Gansevoort streets

Ten dancers re-create this 1971 performance piece on roofs surrounding the southern end of the High Line. The dancers pass along a series of movements to one another, and viewers are encouraged to wander along the park during the performance to enjoy the many different viewpoints. Babette Mangolte, who photographed the debut of this piece in 1971, will also be documenting this performance both in still photography and on film.

'Digital Empathy,' Julianne Swartz
June 8 through spring 2012; Throughout sections one and two

Swartz's sound installation inhabits surprising nooks - the bathrooms, water fountains and elevators of the park. Computer-generated voices will surprise visitors with positive messages. Swartz hopes these encounters will encourage people to rethink social interaction, both in our dependence on digital technology and virtual socializing, and in our use of public space.


'A Bell for Every Minute,' Stephen Vitiello
Closing June 20. 14th Street Passage

As the title indicates, a different bell tone is played every minute the park is open. The tones were recorded all over the city and include everything from an anonymous bike bell to the ringing of the New York Stock Exchange bell.

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