Jeff Koons’ $25 Million Locomotive a Reality?
Seven years ago Jeff 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’ “Train” west, but the project fell through for lack of funding. Perhaps 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. While in theory the proposal could go through, the question remains: who’s going to cover the supposed $25 million dollar cost?