The High Line

Bring new life to the High Line, the old overhead railway line that runs along the West Side for over two kilometres. This ambitious objective was established in 2002 when a group of local businessmen came up with the idea of transforming the old line, built in the 1930s and abandoned for twenty years, into a city park.

The idea immediately met with approval and an international competition was set last year that received 700 entries. A winner was selected from these in October, a mixed team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and landscape architects Field Operations with horticulturalist Piet Oudolf and artist Olafur Eliasson. Their scheme is based on the notion of ‘Agri-tecture’, the flow and overlaying of different layers, partly man made and partly left to the ‘hand’ of nature. It begins with a long walkway lined with different kinds of flowers, grass and gardens.

In addition, to enrich the walkway, there will be spaces for open air performances and a swimming pool. While awaiting start on site, planned for November, New Yorkers can have a preview of the new High Line in an exhibition curated by Tina di Carlo. E.S.

The High Line
19.4.2005 – 11.7.2005
MoMA, Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York 
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