Gigantic Train Replica May Dangle Over High Line

Artist Jeff Koons would build the sculpture, which would cost about $25 million to create and install

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 8:03 AM EDT
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Sculpture by Jeff Koons/Courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Here is a replica of the1943 locomotive replica that would be suspended over the park.

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A massive 1943 locomotive replica may one day dangle from a crane above the city's elevated High Line park.

The 70-foot sculpture, called "Train," would be suspended directly over the park and pay homage to its railroad history. The behemoth project, a vision of artist Jeff Koons, would be constructed out of steel and carbon fiber.

The finished product would weigh several tons and cost about $25 million to build and install, according to The New York Times.

Robert Hammond, co-founder of the nonprofit Friends of the High Line, which has worked to preserve and restore the park, told the Times he hoped that one donor would come forward and sponsor the entire locomotive art project.

Friends of the High Line is directing most of its funds toward completing the last leg of the park -- a half-mile stretch that runs along the West Side rail yards and north to 34th Street.

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