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Inhabitat Visits El Anatsui’s Upcycled Mirror and Tin Installation on the High Line (PHOTOS)

Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 24, 2013 @ 2:26 pm In Art NYC,Manhattan | No Comments

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The massive installation may be the High Line [6] park’s biggest commission, stretching across the side of an entire building between West 21st and West 22nd Street. Anatsui treats the reclaimed, weathered tin as a texture, the rectangular panes forming a patchwork of varying rust color. With uneven pattern, the frigid tin appears to be fragile, almost crumbling like sheets of paper rather than hammered metal.

Interspersed throughout the rusted patchworks are smooth panes of mirror [7], resembling calm pools amidst a rugged landscape. The mirror planes reach the edge of the host building at the roof, its reflections blurring the lines between installation and sky.

As visitors walk along the High Line, the surrounding cityscape, sky, clouds, and birds reflect in Anatsui’s installation [8], creating a constant dialogue between the piece and the city it lies in. Guarded by a thicket of the High Line’s trees and shrubbery, Broken Bridge II is at once part of the landscape, but also secluded and unattached.

New Yorkers can enjoy the piece as it changes with the seasons, reflecting winter to spring and finally the summer of 2013.

+ High Line Art [9]

Images ©Lori Zimmer [10] for Inhabitat

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URLs in this post:

[1] El Anatsui’s gorgeous new recycled art installation: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/el-anatsuis-broken-bridge-ii-is-a-tapestry-of-tin-and-mirrors-on-the-high-line/

[2] oversized tapestries made from upcycled materials: http://inhabitat.com/el-anatsui-upcycles-bottle-caps-into-gorgeous-glittering-tapestries/

[3] Olson Kundig Architects: http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/inhabitat-visits-el-anatsuis-upcycled-mirror-and-tin-installation-on-the-high-line-photos/el-anatsui-highline1/?extend=1

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/inhabitat-visits-el-anatsuis-upcycled-mirror-and-tin-installation-on-the-high-line-photos/el-anatsui-highline5/

[6] High Line: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/homu-homeless-museum-of-art-on-the-high-line-is-the-worlds-smallest-gallery/

[7] panes of mirror: http://inhabitat.com/bureau-ladas-mirrored-art-studio-reflects-surrounding-natural-environment-to-create-serene-archive-space/

[8] reflect in Anatsui’s installation: http://inhabitat.com/rob-mullhollands-mysterious-mirror-sculptures-reflect-the-forest-around-them/

[9] + High Line Art: http://www.thehighline.org/about/public-art/

[10] Lori Zimmer: http://www.artnerdnewyork.com

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