Art Creates Community

2010 : The High Line: Heaven is in the Rain Clouds.

For this project, artist Mary Giancoli brought a group of students from the Clinton Middle School for Writers and Artists over to the 18th Street entrance to The Highline Park. There they met with Danya Sherman from Friends of the Highline who talked to them about how The High Line was transformed from an abandoned, elevated freight railroad system into a “slow” public park with plants native to the area.

On two chilly, rainy days, inspired by the work of Joel Sternfeld, an art photographer who spent many years photographing the High Line, the students meandered along the paths of The High Line to take their own photographs with iPhones and digital cameras. The artist encouraged them to work on portraiture and landscape within an urban context.

The final sessions were devoted to the writing of an artist statement describing the students’ approach to photographing the High Line, and culminating in a poetic sentence that encapsulated their work and process. The individual portfolios and collective work showcase the sensitive, talented effort of these young artists, and offer testament to The High Line as an oasis in the urban cityscape of Chelsea in New York.

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