The High Line is a public park along an elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side. Owned by the City of New York, it is maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. 

Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the elevated freight rail line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. 

Here is a map showing access points.

High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions.  

Whether you go or not, High Art: Public Art on the High Line considers the public art program of the High Line, one of the most popular destinations in New York City. It surveys the first five years of art on the High Line. Since 2009, when the High Line was opened to the public, nineteen million visitors have been witness to more than 100 public art projects animating the grounds of this unique "park in the sky." The works include sculpture, installation, billboards, video, performance, and sound works by a range of artists, from established figures such as John Baldessari, El Anatsui, Maurizio Cattelan, Gilbert & George, and Ed Ruscha, as well as critically acclaimed mid-career artists. 

The High Line is steadily broadening the audience for contemporary art while pushing the boundaries of traditional public art programs. This beautifully illustrated volume features the High Line’s diverse projects thematically, including full-color images and short texts on the various projects, along with an introduction by curator Cecilia Alemani; an essay on the High Line’s effect on Chelsea, the neighborhood cultural hub where it is located; and a roundtable discussion about public art today.

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Exhibitions & Dates

  • Simone Leigh: Brick House

    Apr 2019 - Sep 2020

    Sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust combines architectural references with the human form