It’s a sunny day and up you go, onto the Highline where you are suddenly greeted by a pink wall and some words. At first, you may think it’s some pretty wall art, but think again; this, is the work of Ed Ruscha.
Edward Ruscha, the man who has had his portrait done by none another than Dennis Hopper; an artist whom has made films as well as noted artworks and an artist who has been placed in the ranks alongside Warhol and Kruger.
Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today, is the first of Ruscha’s New York commissions. It is a piece which could be easily missed amongst the eclectic nature of the Highline; but the colour is striking and it’s currently one of the largest pieces of work there.
One of his few public art works ever realized, Ruscha’s mural combines his interests in architecture, language, and public space to create a dry and humorous commentary on life in the contemporary metropolis. Like many of Ruscha’s greatest works, this new commission both exalts and criticizes the romance of city life, instantly turning the urban experience into a dialogue worthy of a Hollywood comedy or a Jack Kerouac novel.
The Highline is a great place to visit in New York, and with the Ruscha piece up until May 2015, you have some time to enjoy a great work up for outdoor viewing.