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The Invisible Tree Museum at the Bronx Grand Concourse
Posted By Moe Beitiks On June 13, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Art,Design | 1 Comment
It’s a picture of a tree. Yes. Okay. But this tree has a phone number. If you call this tree it will tell you stories of the neighborhood. It will talk about the Bronx Grand Concourse , about itself, even about the local ecology. It will tell stories about the neighborhood. It might even sound proud, after all it has been around a while. Starting June 21st and continuing through the summer, the trees along the Grand Concourse will play host to a virtual Tree Museum . Visitors can call a phone number and get the details on any particular tree by punching in its extension . The audio guides are recollections and fond stories from folks who have grown up with the trees. Each tree has its own story.
Artist Katie Holten , commissioned for a project to celebrate the centennial of the Concourse, describes her process for creating the Tree Museum:
In November 2007, I was walking the Concourse almost every day, trying to get a feel for the street and understand how to engage with the place. At 174th Street, where the Concourse crosses over the Cross Bronx Expressway, I suddenly pictured the place as it might have been 100 years ago. So different: no buildings, no sidewalks, no asphalt, and no cars. But there were trees originally—it was built as a tree-lined boulevard for promenading. I saw the trees as a starting point for examining the entire ecosystem.
Holten is now an expert on the Concourse arboreal ecology: the tree museum includes a map of the locations and names of some 100 trees, which together cover some 60 species. These include American Elm , Kwanzan Cherry , Crab Apple , Gingko and White Pine . Events in the tree museum  over the summer include haiku walks, drawing workshops, satellite exhibitions and a green roof tour. The museum’s website also includes it’s own social network , where users can create profiles and share their own photos and stories about the trees.
The museum will open with a parade led by group BombaYo  from The Bronx Museum of the Arts  through Joyce Kilmer Park to the Andrew Freedman Home  for a garden party. The project was organized by The Bronx Museum of the Arts  and Wave Hill  with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. 
+ Katie Holten 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=33445
 Bronx Grand Concourse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concourse,_Bronx
 Tree Museum: http://www.treemuseum.org
 get the details on any particular tree by punching in its extension: http://www.treemuseum.org/where.html
 Katie Holten: http://www.katieholten.com/
 American Elm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Elm
 Kwanzan Cherry: http://www.aboutcherrytrees.com/kwanzan_cherry_tree.shtml
 Crab Apple: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malus
 Gingko : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba
 White Pine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_White_Pine
 Events in the tree museum: http://www.treemuseum.org/what.html
 social network: http://treemuseum.ning.com/
 BombaYo: http://bombayo.dalowa.com/
 The Bronx Museum of the Arts: http://www.bronxmuseum.org
 Joyce Kilmer Park : http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/X028/
 Andrew Freedman Home: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/23/realestate/streetscapes-andrew-freedman-home-retirement-home-built-for-formerly-wealthy.html
 The Bronx Museum of the Arts: http://www.bronxmuseum.org/
 Wave Hill: http://www.wavehill.org/home/
 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.: http://www.nycgovparks.org/
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