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‘Friends Of The High Line’ Floats Hanging A Huge Locomotive Over The Park

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An image of the proposed "Train" installation by Jeff Koons at the High Line. (credit: James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Jeff Koons via highline.org)

An image of the proposed “Train” installation by Jeff Koons at the High Line. (credit: James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Jeff Koons via highline.org)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Have they gone loco?

The design team of the High Line park is floating an unusual idea by artist Jeff Koons. He wants to hang a full-size replica of a steam locomotive from a crane above a part of the park.

The art installation would be called, simply enough, Train.

“People thought we were crazy we started our work to save the High Line more than a decade ago,” said Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line on their website.

As unusual as this idea is, it is not the first time it has surfaced. Back in 2005 it was considered for 18th Street and 10th Avenue. It never happened.

The group says that the the installation “would accommodate all the features to ensure public safety.”

The installation was previously estimated to cost $25 million, according to the group, which touts the revenue it believes Train could bring it. It cites Christo’s The Gates, which set up orange-draped gates in Central Park. That cost $21 million, but brought in an estimated $254 million in additional revenue to New York City, according to the group.

“The power and the dynamic of Train represents the ephemeral energy that runs through the city every day,” Friends of the High Line quote Koons as saying.

What do you think about hanging a locomotive above the High Line? Sound off in our comments section below. 

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