Wrong Ed Ruscha Mural Is Coming to the High Line

March 17, 2014 | Marina Galperina

A hand-painted mural by the iconic Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha (Hollywood Is a Verb, Another Hollywood Bubble Popped) is coming to the side of a building next to the High Line at West 22nd Street and Tenth Avenue, on May 6th, for a year.

Above is the Gagosian’s official rendering of what it might look like overlooking Chelsea’s elevated-train-tracks-turned-public-park — a frothy pink reiteration of his Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today pastel, Ruscha’s first public commission in New York.

That’s nice, but too California. Here are some better very subjective suggestions.

“It has an intimate quality and is a piece you can experience by just walking by it,” director of High Line Art Cecilia Alemani told the New York Times about the future Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today mural. It will be lit at night.

The High Line’s previous text-based public artworks included a neurotic, ambiguous Allen Rupppersberg and a great, glum David Shrigley on their West 18th Street billboard.