Gallery: A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

Courtesy of Public Art Fund

As the topic of urban restoration garners more attention, we have seen an increase in the investigation and experimentation relating to NYC’s ecological past. NYC Wildflower Week demonstrated a rise in popularity of plants native to New York City. Coupling urban restoration and indigenous plants, Julie Farris and Sarah Wayland-Smith, both landscape designers, were commissioned by the Public Art Fund to design and construct ‘A Clearing in the Streets,’ a 15-foot wide, plywood structure containing the beginnings of a meadow. The temporary installation, meant to invite passers-by to appreciate and watch the “re-insertion” of nature back into the city, offers a glimpse into NYC’s native landscape.

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  1. CosmicChuck June 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Incredible. Scenery comparable to what’s shown here would present a nice welcome anywhere. Imagine what they could do in St. Louis, juxtaposed with the Gateway Arch. Or in D.C. so that you could see it reflected off the pool looking down from the Washington Memorial. The possibilities are endless. I hope they do more works like that.

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