FriendsWithYou's "Rainbow City" Commemorates New Section of NYC's High Line

First it was Toronto, then Miami. Now Sam Borkson and Arturo "Tury" Sandoval, better known as the art collective FriendsWithYou, are taking their whimsical outdoor installation, "Rainbow City," to New York. From what press materials reveal, it seems it will be similar to the installation done in Miami's Design District's Palm Lot complete with an AOL-sponsored pop-up shop.

However, what really makes the New York installation so special is its locale. "Rainbow City" will be in the lot on 30th Street next to the High Line. The High Line project is perhaps the most awesome work of re-appropriated city space. Built in the '30s, the line removed dangerous trains off Manhattan's industrial district as it's perched 30 feet in the air. Trains stopped using the High Line in 1980, leaving the elevated train largely abandoned. The structure survived demolition and in 2002, gained approval to be converted into public space.

The first section of the High Line, which runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street, opened in 2009. But the second section, from West 20th to 30th Streets, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 8. FriendsWithYou's "Rainbow City," which runs from June 8 to July 5, is helping celebrate the High Line's new section two.

Borkson and Sandoval will also host their first-ever New York solo exhibition (can you believe that?) titled ":)" at the Hole gallery (312 Bowery, New York) from June 9 to August 6. Almost makes a blogger want to escape to New York for the summer. Almost.

But if you are in the city for the summer, we highly encourage you to show some Miami love to some of our favorite local artists. And here's a refresher of the joy "Rainbow City" brought to Miami.

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