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The High Line's Oldest Public Art Installation Will End its Run

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Spencer Finch's 'The River That Flows Both Ways' is coming down after more than five years

One of the High Line's most distinguishable, non-natural features will soon make its exit from the elevated park. Various hues of blue, brown, green, gray, and black make up artist Spencer Finch’s The River That Flows Both Ways, an installation containing 700 panes of color glass arranged in a lovely pattern. After adding beauty and intrigue to the High Line for so many years, the installation will come down this June, according to Untapped Cities and the High Line's blog.

The River That Flows Both Ways is the product of a nearly 12-hour tugboat ride that Finch embarked upon in 2008 where he attempted to capture the color of water. Each one of the 700 colored window panes represents one minute of Finch's journey, and the colors that he saw in the Hudson River on his travels. He learned that the aesthetic property was largely determined by differing atmospheric conditions and levels of light. Similarly, the window panes offer different perspectives that are indicated by the environmental factors like sun, clouds, and rain.

Catch The River That Flows Both Ways before its early June departure.

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