High Line: A Field Guide and Handbook


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Author Mark Dion
Publisher Printed Matter, Inc. co-published with Friends of the High Line
Cover Paperback
Dimensions 7 x 4.5 inches
Presented as an alternative survey of some of the curious aspects of New York’s iconic High Line, this pocket-sized Field Guide by American artist Mark Dion provides a colorful account of the wildlife, plants and insects that inhabit the space, as well as essays considering the social context and history of the site.

Full of peculiar observations, rumors, speculations and mostly true facts, the Field Guide encourages viewers to question popular ideologies that define today’s “official” history of the elevated park. It includes “thoughts, musings and histories,” such as a timeline of events on the High Line, a “concise” guide to the wildlife and illustrated guide to the plants of the area, Facts, Myths, & Rumors and even a Lost & Found section.

The High Line was designed by James Corner Field Operations, winner of the 2010 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, winner of the 2005 National Design Award for Architecture.