Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art is pleased to announce Caterpillar by artist Carol Bove, a HIGH LINE COMMISSION featuring seven sculptures that punctuate the wild landscape on the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the High Line. On view for one year beginning Thursday, May 16, 2013, Bove’s commission is the last opportunity to see this section of the elevated railway in its natural state before it opens as public parkland in 2014.
The commission will be viewable during public walks on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until May 2014. Advance reservations are required. Reservations may be made online beginning Wednesday, May 1, starting at 4:00 PM eastern time for walks taking place between Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, July 20. Reservations will be made available in mid-June for walks after Saturday, July 20.
Working mainly in the field of sculpture, Carol Bove has been making sculptural installations that range from small-scale, intimate arrangements of objects to monumental outdoors artworks. In the early 2000s, Bove made a series of wall-mounted shelves, which contained disparate elements, such as used books, vintage magazines, vernacular sculptures, and found objects. Alongside these intimate installations, Bove has recently been working on larger compositions which often take over the entire exhibition space, turning the gallery into a landscape or a vitrine. By using platforms and plinths, the artist creates unique environments that combine the tradition of modernist abstract sculpture with the seductive atmospheres of shop windows and commercial displays.
For the High Line, Bove continues her research on the role and function of art in the public space, by creating seven new sculptures which are installed within the self-seeded landscape on the High Line at the Rail Yards. Bove’s site-specific installation highlights the uniqueness of its location and opens a magical environment for viewers. Installed along a 300-yard stretch of the untouched terrain of the High Line, Bove’s sculptures reveal themselves among the unruly vegetation, like mysteriously pristine ruins of a lost civilization or a contemporary version of a Zen garden. Abstract shapes and enigmatic forms are carefully placed along the High Line, creating a unique viewing experience surrounded by the wilderness of the High Line and the stunning views of the Hudson River.
“Carol Bove is one of the most original artists of her generation. Her work combines the history of formalist abstraction and minimalism with a unique sensibility, which transforms even her largest sculptures into refined works of jewelry,” says Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. “I am thrilled to have Carol present such a unique project among the untouched beauty of the High Line at the Rail Yards. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view her work within this breathtaking location before it opens as public parkland.”Designer: Carol Bove Location: High Line, New York, USA Project name: Caterpillar