Two birds reconnect over a pretzel in Washington Square Park.
Finch 1: Haven’t seen you around lately.
Finch 2: I moved downtown.
Finch 1: Where?
Finch 2: An amazing new habitat in the Meatpacking District. Seriously cutting-edge.
Finch 1: On the Whitney’s construction site?
Finch 2: No, on the High Line.
Finch 1: The park where the elevated train tracks used to be? Where do you perch?
Finch 2: Follow me.
They fly west, toward 10th Avenue, then north, to 20th Street.
Finch 1: I thought this was the end of the park.
Finch 2: They just expanded it all the way to 30th Street. Look, there’s my pad.
Finch 1: That? It looks like an explosion in a shingle factory.
Finch 2: Wait ’til we get closer. It’s all about perspective.
Finch: 1: Yeah, isn’t everything.
Finch 2. No. It IS about perspective. It’s a three-dimensional representation of how humans represent three-dimensional space in two dimensions.
Finch 1: Yo, tell me you haven’t been eating those seeds again.
Finch 2. You’ll understand more in a minute.
Suddenly, two shiny structures burst into view, one on each side of the walkway. Eight feet tall at their highest point, they support individual forms—some enclosed, with apertures of different shapes and sizes; others open, like upside-down shoebox covers. Some are shiny, some are matte, and others look like wood–but they’re all stainless steel. They’re creations of Sarah Sze, who made them as part of the High Line Art Program. The “metropolis,” as she describes it, is called Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat).
Finch 1: Wow. It looks like it’s flying, even though it’s standing still.
Finch 2: Crazy, right? It’s like nature, only different.
Finch 1: Nice view of the Empire State Building!
Finch 2: That’s just one amenity. The security is excellent: have you ever seen a dog or a cat up here? And the happy hours are off the hook—seeds, nectar, you name it. In a few weeks there should be a nice community of birds, bees, and butterflies hanging out here.
Finch 1: This is fantastic. I’ll have to tweet it to my friends!