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High Line Exhibit Gives Public Chance to See Park's Third Section

By Mathew Katz | May 1, 2013 4:52pm

HUDSON YARDS — A new art exhibit on the High Line will give New Yorkers a chance to see a preview of the High Line's third and final section before development on it finishes next year.

While crews work on completing the High Line at the Rail Yards, Carol Bove's Caterpillar will bring seven sculptures to the still-untouched western stretch of the third section.

Free tickets for the exhibit were made available on the High Line's website at 4 p.m. for walks through the closed-off section of the park between May 16 and July 20. Each walk will allow 20 people to check out the park's third section before it opens to crowds in 2014.

The exhibit will continue on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 2014, with tickets for later dates opening up in mid-June.

Workers are currently chipping away at the concrete top layer of the elevated park's third section, eventually making way for landscape construction later in the summer. The area of the park hosting Caterpillar, roughly from West 30th to West 34th Streets, is more wild, with grass and bushes that popped up after trains stopped running on there in the 1980s.

Bove's sculptures aim to recall the railway history of the High Line, with pieces made in her Brooklyn studio welded together out of train tracks and others made out of industrial white tubes.

The sculptures are made of steel, brass, and bronze, with the smallest measuring only a foot long, and the largest a whopping 16 feet long, all spread throughout the Rail Yards section.

Work on the High Line's final section began in September. The $90 million project will renovate the empty track with some of the familiar High Line features, along with an assortment of new plants, a beam-and-girder playground, and a train car cafe.