Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sarah Sze's Bird Feeder Art At High Line Park Phase 2

Sarah Sze (b. 1969) created this sculpture called "Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)," 2011 for the second phase of the abandoned railway-turned elevated park called the High Line. Made of stainless steel, wood, paint and concrete, the sculpture has elements that provide amenities such as shelter, food and water for birds, butterflies and insects. The artwork caption states that this sculpture is a "model of an observatory, a laboratory and an avian metropolis, evoking urban construction, architectural and scientific experiments, and an attempt to capture nature in situ." The functional artwork also follows the strong movement trajectory of the High Line. Visually, it mimics the vanishing point of the elevated park, like a three-dimensional perspective drawing.

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