Art and Architecture
Highlighting The Line 2003/2004
The public art project was included in the proposal for the High Line competition in NYC. Fabião was part in the Steven Holl Architects Team with Hargreaves Associates and HNTB as consultant for design. Her concept Highlighting The Line was selected by the New Yorker magazine in 2004 as one of the two best images to represent the competitors.
MAKING THE HIGHLINE VISIBLE - HIGHLIGHTING THE LINE is an informative running light installation for the underside of the High Line in NYC, on crossing sections of the high line on 10th avenue, Washington Street and other areas, making the underside of the highline present and safer for the flux of pedestrians and traffic and at the same time bringing information and art content.
We envision two ways to re-establish a sense of the High Line as a whole through its parts. An L.E.D. light system applied to the underside of the line can be computer-controlled indicating a continuous movement along the line. The perception driving by or walking under it only requires a glimpse of the 9 mph moving light to comprehend the whole line. We envision a re-activated High Line which moves north from the river to the city (originally the line moved south from the rail-yards to the warehouses). With a new bridge over West Street, the south end of the line will begin in a new Hudson River taxi pier. With a new event space, the north end will connect to the city in an observation tower.