The Tenth Avenue Getty station is now Sheep Station (slide show)

Shuttered forever, the former Getty gas station in Chelsea is the site of Sheep Station, an installation of works by the late sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne.

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  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Sheep Station

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Sheep Station

What do you get when you cross a defunct gas station with a real estate developer who's a fanatic collector of concrete sheep and a gallerist representing the estate of the sculptor who made them? Well, Sheep Station: an installation of 25 epoxy moutons created by the late French artist François-Xavier Lalanne on the site of the former Getty station at Tenth Avenue and 24th Street.


The mega-tableau, a faux-pastoral scene of undulating hills covered with live grass and surrounded by a low white fence—set, mind you, amid the iconic red-and-white fililng station architecture—opened on Tuesday, September 17. Michael Shvo, the aforementioned real estate mogul, bought the High Line–adjacent site back in May and plans to turn it into a mixed-use residential building. Before that happens, though, he plans to host a number of outdoor shows, and Sheep Station is the first. Shvo enlisted the help of his friend, Chelsea-based gallerist Paul Kasmin, who lent about half the show's sheep to the project.


If by some chance you're wondering if they're for sale, the answer is no. Apparently the creatures are so beloved, neither party has any intention of breaking up their respective flocks.


Sheep Station will be on view at 239 Tenth Ave (at 24th St) through Oct 20.



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