NYC rental apartment residents don’t really need an excuse to go stroll the High Line on a pretty spring or summer day (or night). Despite the inevitable hordes of out-of-towners, hanging on the High Line remains, even after three years since its opening, one of my favorite outdoor activities.
And if you combine it with a little gallery-going in right-below-you Chelsea, or coffee at Blue Bottle’s way-cool siphon bar, or drinks at the Standard Hotel’s spectacular rooftop bar, or snacks in the Chelsea Market, or high-end shopping in the Meatpacking District, or all of the above, you can easily turn a trip to the High Line into a full afternoon’s activity.
But just in case you need a little extra incentive the visit the High Line anytime soon, just last week High Line Art launched a year-long, totally fun art exhibit on the great NYC park, Lilliput. Somewhat unimaginatively named after the island of tiny people visited by Gulliver in Jonathan Swift’s classic “travel” tales, Lilliput features six different artists designing small, site-specific sculptures that have been cleverly situated throughout the entire length of the High Line.
They’re not hidden, exactly, but because they’re so small, and the park so filled with people, and because they’re sometimes sitting amid the growth, there is definitely a treasure-hunt aspect to the exhibition. I mean, I had a blast trying to find them all (and had to walk the park’s length TWICE to complete my mission!), so I can only imagine how cool it would be for kids.
The six artists who contributed to the High Line’ s Lilliput exhibition are an international lot. My favorites here would include the crowd-pleasing Carson (at top) by Japan’s Tomoaki Suzuki, a knee-high, totally styling dude in tight pants and leather jacket who will doubtless be included in a million group (or, “couple”) snapshots over the next year; the pyramid of bronzed paper cups tucked away in a corner by New York-based artist Allyson Vieira (two above); Berliner Oliver Laric’s Sun Tzu Janus, a rainbow-y bust of the ancient military strategist (above); and The Seduction, the two tiny monkeys caught mid-embrace by UK’s Francis Upritchard (below).
The sculptures in the High Line’s Lilliput exhibition will be in the park until April of 2013. Lots more info on their website.
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