An international open competition.
A proposal for a landscaped park that renovates the existing highline structure in New York. The highline is a 1.6 mile long elevated steel structure that weaves across twenty blocks of the westside Manhattan. Orginally used to carry trains to the docks and warehouses of the meat-packing district, it is now planned to transform the derelict structure into a pedestrian route with accommodation for various cultural and civic activities and periodic access points onto the street below. The vertical skyline of NYC defined by a painting of electric light bulbs is turned through ninety degrees to make a new 1.5 mile horizontal painting of light along the surface of the highline. A series of light boxes are inset into the grid of the highline and are in a constant state of flux according to certain stimuli. The light boxes respond to the local conditions. The dynamic of car movement under the highline creates a ripple of light along the highline. The light echoes are created by car passing through simple beam-breakers. In the day the light boxes echo by agitating reflective surfaces that cause sunlight to flicker.