Blooms to Benefit the High Line by Amy Jean Porter October 23 2014
We've teamed up with Friends of the High Line to release two editions by 20x200 favorite Amy Jean Porter in celebration of the park's new section at the Rail Yards!
A portion of the proceeds of these two very special editions will go directly to Friends of the High Line.
The High Line has become such an indelible part of New York City that it’s hard to believe it opened only five years ago. It's not just that we love strolling through the park—and we do—we also feel a kinship with their efforts to bring beautiful architecture, a taste of nature, captivating views, and their public art projects to everyone. Amy, a familiar face at 20x200, created these artworks depicting the park’s flora and fauna with peeks of the city specifically for this collaboration (to be followed by two more in coming months), and a portion of the proceeds will support Friends of the High Line.
“I'm interested in the places where human culture intersects with the natural world... My drawings are a kind of natural history experiment and homage to the life around us." – Amy Jean Porter
Fittingly for one of New York's most popular landmarks, Star of Persia depicts a striking and playful bloom ready for a glittering night on the town, while Foxtail Lily is a golden exclamation point, referencing the city's towering skyscrapers. While both plants are no longer in season at the park right now, Amy's allowed these two exquisite specimens to flourish for collectors all year long. These prints hone in on what makes the High Line so marvelous—the natural life flourishing in this bustling metropolis, unhampered by the shadows of skyscrapers. Amy gets us to take a closer look at the New York's creatures and plants and reminds us that the city is as much theirs as ours. As an entrepreneurial native New Yorker who also happens to be an art dealer, I'm a particularly big fan of the High Line. Impossible dream realized! New perspective on my beautiful, beloved city! And, from the very start, substantive and unexpected collaborations with artists have been woven into its environment. It's an honor for us to play a role in this latest one, especially working with an artist as dear to the 20x200 family as Ms. Amy Jean Porter is.
With art for everyone,
Jen Bekman + Team 20x200