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Public art on the High Line in NYC

The High Line in NYC is bristling with an ever-changing array of artworks, situated both on and alongside the elevated park.

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 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy/Paper Scenery; courtesy the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery and Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy/Paper Scenery; courtesy the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery and Friends of the High LineEl Anatsui, Broken Bridge II, 2012 On view Nov 2012–Sept 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineVirginia Overton, Untitled, 2012 On view Sept 13, 2012–Aug 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineOscar Muñoz, Re/trato, 2003 On view Apr 1–May 31, 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineGuido van der Werve, Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world, 2007 On view Mar 11–May 6, 2013
 (Photograph: Timothy Schenck. Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Timothy Schenck. Courtesy Friends of the High LineRyan McGinley, Blue Falling, 2013 On view Apr 1–30, 2013
 (Photograph: Bill Orcutt; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Bill Orcutt; courtesy Friends of the High LineOliver Laric, Sun Tzu Janus, 2012 (part of “Lilliput”) On view Apr 19, 2012–Apr 1, 2013
 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High LineAlessandro Pessoli, Old Singer with Blossoms, 2012 (part of “Lilliput”) On view Apr 19, 2012–Apr 1, 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineTomoaki Suzuki, Carson, 2012 (part of “Lilliput”) On view Apr 19, 2012–Apr 1, 2013
 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High LineFrancis Upritchard, The Seduction, 2012 (part of “Lilliput”) On view Apr 19, 2012–Apr 1, 2013
 (Photograph: Bill Orcutt; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Bill Orcutt; courtesy Friends of the High LineErika Verzutti, Dino, 2012 (part of “Lilliput”) On view Apr 19, 2012–Apr 1, 2013
 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High LineAllyson Vieira, Construction (Rampart), 2012 (part of “Lilliput”) On view Apr 19, 2012–Apr 1, 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineThomas Houseago, Lying Figure, 2012 On view May 18, 2012–Mar 14, 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy the artist, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy the artist, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Friends of the High LineRichard Artschwager, blp, 2012 On view Oct 25, 2012–Feb 3, 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LinePaola Pivi, Untitled (zebras), 2012 On view Dec 3, 2012–Jan 2, 2013
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineCinthia Marcelle, Cruzada (Crusade), 2010 On view Sept–Oct 2012
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineElad Lassry, Women (065, 055), 2012 On view Aug 1–Sept 7, 2012
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineMaurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, Toilet Paper, Untitled, 2012 On view May 31–June 29, 2012
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineSarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), 2011 On view June 8, 2011–June 6, 2012
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineDavid Shrigley, How are you feeling?, 2012 On view Apr 5–May 7, 2012
 (Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Austin Kennedy; courtesy Friends of the High LineJennifer West, Selected Recent Works, 2012 On view Jan 25–Mar 5, 2012
 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High LineAnne Collier, Developing Tray #2, 2009 On view Feb 1–29, 2012
 (Photograph: Timothy Schenck; courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Timothy Schenck; courtesy Friends of the High LineAllen Ruppersberg, You & Me, 2013 On view Feb 1–28, 2013
 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High LineJohn Baldessari, The First $100,000 I Ever Made, 2011 On view Dec 2–30, 2011
 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line)
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Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High LineSpencer Finch, The River that Flows Both Ways, 2009 Debuted June 2009; on long-term view

You could spend your entire time on the High Line in NYC just taking in the beauty of the wildflowers planted along the route, or the stunning views of Chelsea and lower Manhattan. But as if that weren’t enough, there’s also a huge variety of public art to see along the elevated park, curated by Friends of the High Line. Passersby will notice images on a grand scale displayed on the billboard at West 18th Street and Tenth Avenue; film and video projected on the walls at West 14th and West 22nd Streets; and commissioned pieces on scales both massive (El Anatsui’s monumental Broken Bridge II) and minuscule (the “Lilliput” group exhibit, which saw tiny sculptures dotting the park). The art is always changing; in case you missed anything, here’s a photographic rundown of pieces both past and current.

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