Houseago’s Gulliver in residence on the High Line

High Line Art
Mar 5, 2013 9:17PM

There’s still time for you to come check out Thomas Houseago’s fantastic Lying Figure, installed on the High Line under The Standard hotel at Little West 12th Street. Lying Figure is a 15-foot-long bronze sculpture of a headless giant, leaning on its elbows over the wooden rail ties between the High Line’s original rail tracks.

Houseago frequently creates enormous, monumental works, which resonate intimately despite their stature. The small details of Lying Figure contribute to its potency, such as the sketches Houseago makes on the plaster and wood panels, and provide insight into their creation. In exploring abstract lines and figurative forms, Houseago engagingly continues a tradition of sculpture spanning from Giacometti to Picasso. “I am strongly of the opinion that one of the powerful elements of sculpture is that it shows the presence of a body,” says Houseago. “It’s something I feel more urgently as things become more digital and the human hand is removed. I want you to be able to walk in and feel the process.”

Lying Figure is particularly poignant in contrast with the works in Lilliput, the group exhibition currently on display on the High Line as well. Lilliput’s title and theme derives from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, evoking a magical yet macabre world populated by fairy tale creatures, mysterious idols, and dreamlike landscapes. Lying Figure functions as a giant—the park’s very own Gulliver—surrounded by Lilliput’s diminutive sculptures dotting the park’s pathway.

Lying Figure will be on display on the High Line through March 14. Come take a look!

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