Art on the High Line

May 2024

The High Line is more than just a New York City park; it’s a piece of the city’s industrial history, repurposed to provide green space and enhance the urban environment. This unique elevated park invites locals and visitors to ascend and find respite amid the urban frenzy. As you step onto the walkway, get ready for an adventure, because there are delightful surprises at every turn — ever-changing art installations, seasonal flora, and breathtaking city views create a dynamic sensory experience.

For residents of the 555TEN Midtown rentals, the High Line serves as a natural corridor with direct access from the newly opened Moynihan Connector, an extension to the High Line that runs along 30th Street and leads into Moynihan Train Hall. Here, the luxury of urban living meets the wonder of nature, wrapped in the city’s creative spirit.

Constructed along a historic freight rail line, and thoughtfully integrating nature into the urban landscape, the High Line is a 1.45-mile city park emphasizing sustainability and biodiversity. The park — lined with greenery, including indigenous perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — cleverly incorporates elements of its past, including remnants of the old tracks. This design transforms the once-abandoned railway into a lush refuge within the city, offering a dynamic cultural platform and a space for New Yorkers and visitors to engage with nature and contemporary art.

Artworks, curated to complement the natural setting, dot the walkway, enhancing the visitor experience with sculptures, installations, and murals from established and emerging artists. Here are a few outstanding pieces:

Pause at Pamela Rosenkranz’s “Old Tree” at the Spur at 30th Street and 10th Avenue. This visually stunning 25-foot-tall red-and-pink electric sculpture, on display through fall 2024, mirrors the intricate branching systems of human anatomy and circulatory networks. “Old Tree” invites viewers to explore the profound connection between humanity and nature, symbolizing the ancient wisdom inherent in human evolution and envisioning a future where synthetic materials seamlessly integrate with the natural world.

At Little West 12th Street, you can find Kapwani Kiwanga’s “On Growth,” on view through October 2024. This mesmerizing sculpture features a fern encased in multifaceted dichroic glass, which captures and transforms light into a kaleidoscope of color. The piece references early terrariums used to transport and protect plants as they traveled from far-off places to Europe in the 19th century. It also reflects on the colonial history of botanical nurseries that shaped modern plant science and horticulture.

Displayed at 17th Street through August 2024, Cosima von Bonin’s “WHAT IF THEY BARK?” brings a touch of whimsy to the park. This installation features a quirky ensemble of fish rising above the park’s iconic 10th Avenue Square. These piscine performers, dressed in costumes, strike a pose as a band, complete with musical instruments. Perched atop the railing of the Sunken Overlook, these fishy figures seem to serenade visitors below with the gentle rhythms of the city’s heartbeat.

Interested in living in a vibrant community in the heart of Manhattan, where urban luxury meets the creative spirit of the city? Contact our team today to explore the possibilities of residing at the 555TEN apartments for rent in Manhattan, and embark on a journey where city living reaches new heights.