A Suspended Train Replica by Jeff Koons Proposed for the High Line

A design rendering of Jeff Koons’ Train at the High Line.

Artist Jeff Koons has proposed bringing his art piece titled Train to suspend over the High Line park in New York City. It is an operational full-size replica of a 1943 Baldwin 2900 steam locomotive. The proposal to bring Train to the High Line is in the very early stages at this point.

The High Line Blog has more information on this proposed art:

As one more far-reaching ideas – one that would bring trains back to the High Line in a big way – the art installation, called Train, would feature a full-size replica of a 1943 Baldwin 2900 steam locomotive suspended from a crane above the Spur…

Train is in the very beginning of the exploratory stage, and it would require a thorough review by diverse stakeholders should the project move forward.

“Jeff Koons’ Train is part of a long history of big ideas for the High Line, but even if never realized, it embodies our commitment to innovation, creativity, and finding new ways to experience the city,” said Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line. “People thought we were crazy when we started our work to save the High Line more than a decade ago. Then we held an ideas competition, and our favorite submission turned the High Line into a mile-long lap pool; another one put a roller coaster on the tracks. Train has the potential to serve as a potent symbol of the area’s industrial past.”

via The New York Times City Room

image 1 by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, & Jeff Koons via High Line
image 2 via Wallpaper

Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff