Installed by Olson Kundig Architects, artist El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II, a HIGH LINE COMMISSION, is now open at the High Line in New York City. The piece—a 157-foot by 37-foot tapestry made of pressed tin and mirrors—hangs from the exterior of an existing building adjacent to the park between West 21st and 22nd Streets.
High Line Art, which is presented by Friends of the High Line, first approached Olson Kundig Architects to aid in the installation of the piece in June 2012. Responding to the need for an efficient installation process, Olson Kundig Architects designed a wood and steel mesh temporary mounting system. The armature was constructed by hanging from the rooftop of the existing building and will leave minimal markings when removed.
“Helping High Line Art install this monumental piece has helped to further define the firm as a resource for artistic engagement,” said Alan Maskin, co-owner and design principal at Olson Kundig Architects.
El Anatsui is a celebrated contemporary artist based in Nigeria known for his monumental wall tapestries, which are intricately composed of metallic bottle caps culled from discarded Nigerian liquor bottles and woven together with copper wire. Broken Bridge II is an evolution of Broken Bridge, a smaller sculpture that wrapped an outer wall of the Galliera at the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. Broken Bridge II is the largest installation by the artist. It is on view until summer 2013.