Thomas Houseago Headed to the High Line This Friday

“Lying Figure.” (Courtesy Hauser and Wirth)

The artist Thomas Houseago will bring his sculpture Lying Figure to the High Line this Friday, the curators of the High Line announced today.

The statue will appear under the Standard hotel at Little West 12th Street and will remain there until March of next year.

Full press release below:

New York, NY (May 16, 2012) – High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, is pleased to announce that Thomas Houseago’s sculpture, Lying Figure, will be installed on the High Line under The Standard, New York at Little West 12th Street. Houseago’s work will make its debut on Friday, May 18, 2012, and remain on view through Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Known for using materials like wood, clay, plaster, steel, and bronze, Houseago creates monumental sculptures that reveal the process of their making through unique details – the varying texture of a molding, the hidden creases within a cast – despite their imposing size and towering forms. His sculptures also incorporate drawing in the form of sketches on plaster and wood panels. Houseago’s work explores abstract lines and figurative forms, and in doing so he joins a long tradition of sculptors that spans from Giacometti to Picasso, engaging viewers with qualities that are at once impressive and enchanting.

For the High Line, Houseago presents Lying Figure, a 15-foot-long bronze sculpture of a headless giant resting on its elbows on the wooden rail ties between the High Line’s original rail tracks. As the third project in the HIGH LINE COMMISSIONS series for spring, 2012, Houseago’s Lying Figure will juxtapose Lilliput, the group exhibition that debuted on Thursday, April 19. Lilliput takes its title from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and conjures a magical world populated by fairy tale creatures, mysterious idols, and dreamlike landscapes. Houseago’s Lying Figure will introduce the presence of a giant – the park’s own Gulliver – into Lilliput’s diminutive sculptures installed along the park’s pathway and amidst the plants.

“I am excited to welcome Thomas Houseago’s great sculpture Lying Figure to the High Line,” says Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art. “Thomas is one of the most exciting sculptors among his generation and I look forward to seeing this sculpture installed between one of the High Line’s favorite features: the old train tracks”.

Thomas Houseago Headed to the High Line This Friday