Visit the High Line during a summer Saturday in New York, and you'll feel like you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The raised the park is congested with crowds as soon as the sun comes out, something L.A. artist Ed Ruscha may have had in mind when he planned out his work for the New York space.
Ruscha is the newest commissioned artist on the High Line, and on May 6, his mural reading "Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today” will go up on a wall adjacent to the park.
Ruscha first included these words in a previous work 37 years ago. “The original drawing was very much about L.A. traffic,” Director of High Line Art Cecilia Alemani told The New York Times. “But I think Ed picked it because the High Line is now such a popular destination that it becomes a commentary on all kinds of traffic today.”
The artist is known for his text-based and photographic works that engage with themes of the road. His legendary book Twentysix Gas Stations is a photographic series of gasoline stations in L.A, a subject he has also portrayed with figurative paintings and text-based works.
Ruscha's mural will appear on West 22nd Street and 10th Avenue in New York for a year.
[via New York Times]