Got plans for September 9th? New York-based Michael Nicholas is planning a somber funeral march along the usually more chipper High Line and you’re all invited. The 44-year-old Hell’s Kitchen artist is calling the event Wake Up 2015, and is asking anyone who would like to mourn a deceased loved one to participate in the somber procession as a “collective memorial.” The heartfelt but slightly peculiar parade will take place along the High Line path from 34th Street to Gansevoort Street.
According to the artist, the event is for anyone who has lost someone dear to them and would like to come and take part in private contemplation, but with others. “Death is something that we all share,” Nicholas said. “Everybody has lost somebody.”
Nicholas, a big fan of the High Line, believes that the area is the perfect place for strangers to bond over something they have in common. “I just love the High Line, I kind of fell in love with it when I first moved here over a year ago,” Nicholas said. “It seemed like a great place to bring people together.”
In order to attend, all participants must wear black and walk at a slow pace as they ruminate about their deceased loved ones. The event is scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. on September 9th starting at West 34th Street. Those interested can RSVP at the event website: Wake Up 2015.