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Sam Durant, Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering). Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art. Courtesy of the High Line

A giant drone being installed on the High Line will hover over 30th St until August 2022

The Predator drone-inspired sculpture is the next commission for the High Line Plinth.

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Will Gleason
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If you've had about as much anxiety as you can handle as of late, you may want to avoid looking west on 30th Street for the next year and a half.

Next month, a new fiberglass sculpture by artist Sam Durant is set to be installed on the High Line at 30th St that will cut a dramatic figure across the skyline. The sculpture is in the shape of a large Predator drone (It has a wingspan of 48 feet!) and will tilt in the wind almost like an actual military aircraft. Except, you know, without the weapons. 

“Untitled (drone)” was first conceived back in 2016 when it was shortlisted along with 12 others for the High Line Plinth. The war-themed artwork is meant to make the ongoing “invisible war” that the country is conducting in other countries more visible in Americans. Another aspect of the work with a political bent is that it will act as a weather vane, representing the different political winds of the moment.

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Sam Durant, Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering). Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art. Courtesy of the High Line

Untitled (drone) is meant to animate the question about the use of drones, surveillance, and targeted killings in places far and near, and whether as a society we agree with and want to continue these practices,” said Durant in a statement. “Art is a place where we can speculate about alternatives, other possibilities, where we can bring forward things that are unsaid, unknown or hidden from view, and have discussions about them.”

After opening for small groups and advanced registrations last year, The High Line is currently open on weekdays from 7am–7pm with no registration required. Advanced registration is still required for weekend visits. Durant’s installation follows the High Line Plinth’s inaugural installation, Simone Leigh’s Brick House, and–after being installed next month—it will be on view through August 22.

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