David Byrne Squeezes the Whole World Under the High Line

09.14.11 Marina Galperina

Artist and bike hero David Byrne has wedged a giant, inflatable globe into the Pace Gallery-owned lot at 508 West 25th Street, right under the High Line. It’s not bloated. It’s confined! The Tight Spot installation also makes “filtered and processed” moans with the Talking Heads frontman “trying to make [his] voice sound like a machine, or like wind buffeting a big sail.” Oh, you quirky siren. Let’s go hug the big ball now!

Fun fact for fellow Byrne enthusiasts: The artist lives in one of those High Line-side condos, but “high enough no one can see in” — not at peep show level. Oops. That came out kind of creepy. (Photo: Mark Barry/Flickr)