Which Eccentric Train-Loving Art Patron Will Bring Jeff Koons' $25-Million Locomotive to the High Line?
After two false starts and a cross-country journey, Jeff Koons’s "Train" is finally coming into the station. Seven years ago Koons and Friends of the High Line — the group behind the elevated park in Chelsea — floated the possibility of creating the artist’s enormous full-size sculptural replica of a 1943 Baldwin 2900 steam locomotive suspended vertically from a crane in a parking lot at 18th Street and Tenth Avenue, but the project was abandoned for being too large to incorporate into the park’s design. Four years later Michael Govan, then the new director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), tried to bring Koons’s “Train” west, but the project fell through for lack of funding. Maybe the third time will be the charm: Friends of the High Line announced today that one of the possible designs for the park's 30th Street spur is to commission Koons's “Train" and install it suspended over the elevated park.
The cost of fabricating the sculpture has been estimated to be in the region of $25 million, and perhaps the greatest logisitcal challenge facing Friends of the High Line is not how "Train" will fit into the park's design, but who will pay for it.
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