Why are there big, shattered cubes on the side of the pathway in the new section of the High Line at the Rail Yards? They are “The Evolution of God,” a new series of sculptures by Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas. The clay and cement sculptures are “destined to crumble while on view,” showing the passing of time with the “vegetal sprouts and tectonic cracks, which will slowly return the sculptures to the surrounding landscape.”
Each piece is a large cube, primarily made of concrete, that at first glance appears to be a remnant of some abandoned construction project. But these post-industrial objects quickly reveal themselves to be laced with other, unexpected materials: oyster shells, old sneakers, bones, rope, dirt, cloth, and clay—even plant life growing out of the cracks in the stone, accelerating the objects’ eventual decay. More will sprout in the months to come, as each piece has been subtly planted with seeds.