How to stare at the sun from The High Line safely!
Artist Eduardo Navarro's latest project, We who spin around you, allows you to do just that for 3 days next week
If you find yourself on the High Line in the late afternoon next week as the sun begins to lower in the sky, look out for Eduardo Navarro. He'll be the person inviting you to don a custom-made bronze mask, (resembling a kind of horizontal escutcheon plate), designed to help you safely view the sun, transforming it into a tiny dark green sphere. It's all part of a new work he's devised for the High Line called We who spin around you.
As part of Navarro's artistic practice he submerges himself within non-artistic disciplines - be they scientific, legal, or spiritual. Navarro approaches each project like a case study, wherein he determines to become or create something new and by doing so rejects the distance between himself and his object of study.
A recent work, Poema Volcanico, saw him hiking into the crater of the active volcano Guagua Pinchincha in Ecuador, where he exposed litmus paper to the sulfurous fumes emanating from it, effectively allowing the volcano’s energy to paint.
On the High Line he'll be joined by an astrophysicist who'll give a brief lecture on solar history, and our changing relationship to science in the context of astronomy and solar studies. The work - situated at one of High Line visitors’ favorite spots for watching the sunset, the Rail Yards at West 32nd Street and 12th Avenue - invites viewers to think about their place in the surrounding terrestrial and celestial worlds.
It takes place next Tuesday, July 19, Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6.30 - 8.30pm. Find out more at the High Line's site here.
If you can't make the performances, console yourself with a copy of our great book The High Line, made in full cooperation with the team behind the phenomenon. Also, if you really love the park, consider giving it a little help. Each year, Friends of the High Line provides 98 percent of the funds needed to operate, maintain, program and run the High Line— and they can only do so with the generous support of people like you. Go here to join Friends of the High Line.