green design, eco design, sustainable design, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Sheep Station #Gettystation, Michael Shvo, public art NYC

Lalanne’s beautiful pop-up meadow is enclosed by a classic white fence, bringing a sense of the serene countryside to the bustling Chelsea Arts District. The green expanse begins at the doors of the former convenience store that served Getty customers, and stretches to the end of the filling station’s property. The station’s sign, which once bore the rising prices of a gallon of gas each day has been replaced with Lalanne’s name, along with the exhibition name and dates, further taking over the gas station’s former use.

The grassy hills roll like waves, in some places seeming to drown the old gas pumps, with green blades rising above the credit card machines and windshield wiper receptacles. Sheep Station is meant to be a whimsical interruption for passersby to discover as they carry on with their daily commutes, bringing a smile or a laugh, as well as a sense of nature.

Although gas guzzlers may be frustrated with the green infusion of Chelsea’s Getty station, the filling station was slated for destruction anyway, and will soon be developed into another luxury residence that hugs the High Line developed by Michael Shvo.

+ Paul Kasmin Gallery

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