8. Models of The Short List for The High Line Plinth

Simone Leigh High Line Plinth Untapped Cities AFineLyneRendering of Simone Leigh’s shortlisted sculpture piece from her series Anatomy of Architecture, centering around the black female body. Image via superselected.com

The High Line Plinth, which is inspired by the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, is expected to be a new destination for major public art work commissioned by The High Line, and rotating throughout the year. It will be located on The Spur, which will be the largest open space on The High Line, located at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue, and is expected to open in 2018.

In anticipation, The High Line reviewed more than 50 proposals, narrowing them down to a shortlist of 12. An exhibit of sculptural models of the 12 finalists will be on view from February 9 to April 30, 2017, on The High Line at West 14th Street. The image above is the submission by Simone Leigh, whose name you might recognize from her current installation in Marcus Garvey Park, as part of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s exhibit, “InHarlem.

In Spring, 2017, two out of the twelve shortlisted proposals will be selected as the first two High Line Plinth commissions. The first artwork is expected to be installed in 2018, to coincide with the opening of The Spur. Each piece will then be on display for 18 months.