New York High Line Park Displays Works of 9 Artists

New York High Line Park Displays Works of 9 Artists

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 - 06:15
People stroll on the New York High Line. (AFP)
New York - Asharq Al-Awsat
New York visitors can now enjoy some culture in Manhattan at an outdoor art exhibition organized along the High Line Park.

The High Line, a deserted old railway that was transformed into a park in New York, will display the artworks of nine painters until next March at a massive exhibition entitled "Agora."

The works of the nine painters focus on the role of art in the definition, creation and use of public spaces. The name of the exhibition is taken from the ancient Greek word that refers to the square, which is traditionally the gathering place, according to the organizers.

The pieces were placed along the two-mile-long park on the west side of Manhattan from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking district to the 34th street.

The participating painters include Timur Si-Qin from Germany, Duane Linklater from Canada, Sable Elyse Smith from the US, the Irish-German Mariechen Danz and Maria Thereza Alves from Brazil.

The park has been attracting more visitors annually than the Statue of Liberty, according to officials.

Inspired by the “La Colle Forte Pak” in Paris, High Line Park was built on a railway line that authorities had previously pledged to dismantle. It boasts more than 300 carefully selected plants and trees and overlooks Hudson Lake and the streets and buildings of Manhattan.

Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf, who designed the garden, decided to retain the wild character of the park, which constantly changes according to the seasons. Parts of the former railway have been preserved.

The park is open from 7 am till 11 pm during the summer, making it a popular destination for New Yorkers to relax and enjoy free art and celebrations.

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