Virginia Overton is known for sculptures and installations that incorporate raw materials, found objects, and often reused and recycled elements. Based on simple gestures, her work calls attention to the inexorable demands of scale and gravity in its attempts to fit into the surrounding environment. Pickup trucks have always played an important role in Overton’s work. The artist has frequently used trucks by turning them into platforms for artistic creativity including photographing trucks loaded with various found objects in their beds.
For the High Line, Overton transforms her own pickup truck into a sculpture installed on the stacked parking next to the High Line. The stacked parking is one of the sites next to the High Line that attracts the curiosity and amusement of passers-by for its unusual structure, and now it serves as a plinth for the artist’s work. By completely filling the bed of the truck with bricks, Overton references the now closed-off passageways on the High Line, which originally allowed trains to pass through the upper floors of warehouses and factories to drop off goods. Unable to transport goods itself, the pickup truck pays tribute to the history of the High Line and becomes a temporary monument to American car culture and life in today’s metropolises.
Photos by Austin Kennedy.