By Amy Schellenbaum
August 20, 2015
Credit: Scott Frances

Supernova architect Zaha Hadid—whose larger-than-life, contemporary creations range from museums at the top of the alps to cultural centers in Azerbaijan—has masterminded a sculpture on New York’s High Line park. It’s meant to whet the appetites of architecture buffs, who are awaiting the 2016 completion of Hadid’s first New York City work: a slick stack of condos adjacent to the park in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The sculpture itself, called Allongé, is classic Hadid fare: swooping and space age-y, while somehow organic in the fluidity of its form. Visitors pass through and under the curves of the installation, which is meant to provide a “contrast to the rigidity of its surrounding urban fabric,” according to her architecture firm.

It’s just one of many art commissions on the High Line, which is also home to sculpture by Rashid Johnson, and a hand-painted mural by Kerry James Marshall.

Amy Schellenbaum is the Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @acsbaum.