For his High Line Commission, artist Darren Bader presents a large-scale chess board installed on the High Line designed to be played on by park visitors. For Bader’s game, the traditional chess pieces are replaced by people, making for a fun, interactive game of chess. Visitors are invited to play their own pick-up games throughout the year, and High Line Art is organizing a number of games between interested groups.
There is one catch in Bader’s version of the game: when visitors become chess pieces, their positions are determined by their familial relationships to others. For example, all four Bishops could be grandchildren, grandmothers, or brothers-in-law to people who may or may not be present at the time of the game. High Line Art staff will be on hand to help organize.
On July 6,High Line Art is organizing a special pick-up game for up to 34 individuals and small groups who would like to play. Come on down to the High Line to test your chess skills, and make new friends in the process!