Gardens of a Nonexistent Dreamlike Reality

Post by iSiZ

The High Line, an abandoned elevated rail line on the West Side of Manhattan New York, has not been in use since the 1980s. It was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. In 1999 a community-based-non-profit group called Friends of the High Line, initiated a project to redesign the High Line into a public parc.

Piet Oudolf, a Dutch garden designer, worked on the planting design. His garden designs are like a dreamlike wilderness. The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, textural and color variation, with a focus on native species.

It developed quite a following among urban naturalists and seekers after the unusual and novel. It was just this wildness, the sense of wilderness within one of the largest cities on earth, that captured the imaginations of so many.

You can see an inspiring slideshow presentation of the design of the parc by clicking here.

A three minute short about the High Line design:

And watch a video on the history of the High Line narrated by Ethan Hawk.

Below a picture on how the High Line used to look like, before the reconstruction.


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