New York City is getting its own version of London’s iconic Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth which hosts a series of commissioned artworks by world class artists. Dubbed “The High Line Plinth,” New York’s new landmark destination for the display of major public art commissions will be created on the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue where it will be the focal point of the Spur – the newest section of the High Line. It will be the first space on the High Line dedicated specifically to art.
High Line Art has shortlisted 12 proposals for the first two artworks from more than 50 proposals from artists recommended by an international advisory committee of 13 artists, curators, and art world professionals. The shortlisted proposals are by Jonathan Berger, Minerva Cuevas, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durant, Charles Gaines, Lena Henke, Matthew Day Jackson, Simone Leigh, Roman Ondak, Paola Pivi, Haim Steinbach, and Cosima von Bonin.
“High Line Art continues to reach a broad, diverse audience — including more than 2.3 million New Yorkers annually — with free, world-class artwork 365 days a year,” said Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line. “The High Line Plinth will expand the program's impact by creating a one-of-a-kind destination for public art on the Spur, a new section of the park with even more space for public programming and dynamic horticulture.”
According to High Line Art, the first artwork will be installed in 2018 to coincide with the opening of the Spur in mid-2018, with each artwork to be on view for 18 months. An exhibition of sculptural models of the 12 shortlisted proposals will be on show from February 9 to April 30, 2017 on the High Line at West 14th Street, with the first two High Line Plinth commissions to be selected in spring 2017.