Sam Durant

Untitled (drone), a large-scale fiberglass sculpture mounted 25 feet high, is the second High Line Plinth commission by High Line Art in New York. Located on the park at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue, Untitled (drone) will be installed in May 2021 and will be on view through August 2022.

The sculpture is modeled after the Predator drone, a remotely piloted aircraft that was used by the US military beginning in 1995 to conduct reconnaissance around the world and, later, airstrikes in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. Its successor is currently employed by US Customs and Border Protection to surveil the nation’s borders and in support of law enforcement agencies, most recently in May 2020 to monitor protestors in Minneapolis responding to the murder of George Floyd. Similar technologies also have been adopted domestically by companies facilitating widespread city-sanctioned surveillance.

Untitled (drone) seeks to make visible the intentionally obscured drone warfare perpetuated by the US, and to remind the public that drones and surveillance are a tragic, menacing, and pervasive presence in the daily lives of many living outside—and within—the United States.

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Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering)

Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art.

 
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Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering)

Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art.

 
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Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering)

Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art.

 
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Untitled (drone), 2016 (maquette)

Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art. Photo by Timothy Schenck

 
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Untitled (drone), 2016 (maquette)

Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

 

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