Sam Falls & Lara Schnitger

En Plein Air

The High Line
West Side (Gansevoort Street & Washington Street to 34th Street & Twelfth Avenue)
Enter at Gansevoort Street; other points of entry closed until further notice
New York
Meatpacking District/Chelsea

At the recently reopened High Line, two public sculptures, one each by Lara Schnitger and Sam Falls, are holdouts from “En Plein Air.” The group show initially opened in spring of 2019 with newly-commissioned, site-specific pieces by eight artists, Schnitger and Falls among them—but, with a close date set for March 2020, the de-installation was cut short following the descent of COVID-19 over New York City and the subsequent lockdown.

As a result, Schnitger’s Sister of the Road—in which a female figure, crafted out of aluminum, appears to hover several feet about the ground—and Fall’s piece—a series of four, ceramic archways embedded with real plants gathered at the High Line and divided by season among each of the four structures—still stand.

Sam Falls, Untitled (Four Arches), 2019. A High Line Commission, part of En Plein Air. On view 2019-2020. Courtesy of the High Line. Photo by Timothy Schenck.