Monday, April 2, 2012

The High Line

Last weekend we decided to walk the High Line.
From experience I knew that if it was an overcast, dreary day- we would have the place to ourselves...
and we did!

 We started here,

with the intention of walking the entire length, about 1.45 miles long, and back.

As we were walking we saw something new and delightful!
We noticed this "man" waving at us!
We quickly realized that this was not a real man, but became very curious as to how he got there.
                                         photo by Meg Kinney
When I got to my computer, later that day I found out.
According to The High Line Blog:
"High Line visitors are often surprised to see smiling faces gazing back at them, and even waving, from the windows of neighboring buildings toward the northern terminus of the park. After the initial double-take, it’s easy to realize that these amusing locals are not flesh-and-blood people, but rather a playful ruse.

Artist and Chelsea resident Hyemi Cho has an apartment that overlooks the new section of the High Line, which opened in June, 2011. Cho was treated to some amazing views of the park, but the shy artist was apprehensive at first to her new-found proximity to a bustling public space. She channeled those feelings into a painting of herself peeking cautiously around the edge of a curtain, which she placed in her apartment window.

Cho was pleasantly surprised at the amused reaction of High Line visitors—many people stopped to take photos, laugh, and wave back. These positive interactions, including times where Cho herself would wave to visitors, led her to expand the project.
“At least five times a day I peek out,” Cho told The Atlantic Cities, “And people are looking back at me. Now I don’t feel isolated anymore.”
Recruiting other neighbors, Cho created a series of portraits—a smiling shirtless man, a woman waving, a little girl with cookies—all peering out of their windows at visitors on the High Line."
If you would like to learn more about the High Line, head on over to :

We always enjoy our time there. Plenty of places along the way to climb down (or take an elevator) to get food and drink. We had great thai food at Chelsea market that day and then walked it off...

on the High line!


Formerly known as Frau said...

How funny! That wasn't there when we walk it was it? Looks like a perfect day!

JMW said...

What a fun and unexpected art installation. Very cool!