Saturday, April 10, 2010
This is a small portion of Spencer Finch's The River That Flows Both Ways, 700 panes of colored glass installed in existing window frames in a tunnel along the High Line. Finch travelled the Hudson River on a tugboat and photographed the river once per minute for 700 minutes. A single pixel from each image provided the color for each pane, which is arranged chronologically to document the journey.
The recently opened High Line Park presents an interesting (and popular) re-imagining of an elevated rail line as a park. It resulted almost by accident after the West Side Line through Chelsea fell into disuse and was partially reclaimed by nature. Local residents lobbied for the creation of a park along the old rail line, and the city of New York agreed to fund the project rather than dismantle the line as planned. It opened last summer, and it's been enthusiastically embraced by the community ever since.
Designed by an unknown architect in 1875, the Art Students League is as noteworthy for the artists it nurtured as for its architecture. The list includes Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, George Grosz, Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Reginald Marsh, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. (Correction: As I've just been informed by an anonymous commenter, the building was designed by H.J. (Henry Janeway) Hardenbergh, not by an unknown architect.)
Totally over the top yet strangely appealing, the Siegel-Cooper Dry Goods Store was commissioned from architects Delemos and Cordes in 1896. An exuberant example of the Beaux Arts style, its scale is as grand as its ornamentation.