High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, announces the beginning of its Spring 2011 public art season, which will open with Kim Beck’s three-sculpture rooftop installation Space Available, on March 4, 2011. The three sculptures will be installed on roofs of buildings close to the southern terminus of the High Line, along Washington Street, between West 13th and Gansevoort Streets.
Beck’s sculptures resemble the skeletal framework behind advertising billboards. These blank forms emulate the indicators of the economic recession, such as empty storefronts and "For Sale" signs. Rather than calling attention to themselves as obvious artworks, Beck’s sculptures will integrate into the environment of the High Line neighborhood. These works will have the illusion of depth when viewed from the front, but as viewers move past them, the side views will reveal that they are totally flat, cut from perspective drawings and built like theater props. The recognition of these pieces as artworks is intended to happen somewhat slowly, perhaps after they prompt a curious double-take.
Lauren Ross, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of Arts Programs at Friends of the High Line, says “The High Line was designed to encourage visitors to reduce their pace and take in the landscape and surrounding views. Seeing the park’s neighborhood from a new perspective is a crucial part of the experience. Architectural details that are less visible from street level are brought within view, and juxtapositions of old and new abound. Beck’s sculptures encourage all of those considerations.”