Maya Lin “Ghost Forest” Public Art Installation
Designer and architect Maya Lin is getting ready to unveil a new art project next week called “Ghost Forest”. A tree installation about the effects of climate change in Madison Square Park. The piece, which was originally planned for summer 2020, will now be open to the public from May 10th through November 14th, 2021.
“As I approached thinking about a sculptural installation for Madison Square Park, I knew I wanted to create something that would be intimately related to the Park itself, the trees, and the state of the earth,” Lin said in a statement. “All of us involved in the project were concerned not to bring in trees that had been killed by beetles lest we introduce a new species into the City that could potentially wreak havoc on Manhattan’s trees, so we started to look for trees that were the victims of extreme weather events related to climate change.”
“Foresters we are working with located an area that was about to be cleared as part of a restoration project on private lands of just such a forest stand,” Lin added. “The homeowner has chosen to clear the dead or compromised cedars to allow for the regeneration of the trees since cedars need open light to repopulate.”
Visitors will be able to walk among the 40-to-45 feet tall trees all summer and fall. In addition to the trees, visitors will hear a soundscape composed by Lin, in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, that weaves together the calls and songs of endangered and extinct animals once native to the NYC area, as well as a series of meditative music performances inspired by nature, done in conjunction with Carnegie Hall. And in the fall, the project will culminate with the planting of 1,000 native trees and shrubs in various public parks throughout the five boroughs.
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