A Redwood forest grows in Downtown Brooklyn
August 24, 2016
This fall, Downtown Brooklyn is getting its own Redwood forest…at a 1:100 scale.
If you have walked through the MetroTech Commons lately, you’ll have noticed sections of it are behind chainlink fence. That short-term sacrifice will lead to a unique sculpture dubbed “Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek,” brought to Downtown Brooklyn through a partnership between The Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies.
Of course, this won’t be the Redwood Forest in its entirety. The Public Art Fund announced that Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch is set to recreate the topography of a specific section of California’s famed forest by using nearly 4,000 Dawn Redwood trees. The sculpture trees will range from one to four feet in height, and the project will cover 4,500 square feet of the triangular park at Metrotech Commons. The installation will no doubt be large enough to view from the surrounding shops and restaurants.
Because the trees are coming to a foreign environment, the Brooklyn-based artist had to design a special planting and irrigation system so they can live healthily during the nearly two-year-long exhibition.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the Redwood Forest from a bird’s eye view, this is your chance. The installation will feature a viewing platform where visitors can see the work from above, to experience the forest’s wilderness in a whole new way. The project’s curator Emma Enderby explained the attention to detail that Finch is putting into the installation to give it the most authentic sense possible.
“Through both a scientific approach to gathering data —including precise measurements and record keeping—and a poetic sensibility, Finch’s works often inhabit the area between objective investigations of science and the subjectivity of lived experience,” she said.
“In a world where climate change is at the core of societal debates,” Enderby continued, “Finch’s installation in the heart of one of the most urbanized neighborhoods of the city presents us with the universal reality of nature’s power to awe and inspire, and the importance to remember and protect such wonders.”
And Downtown Brooklyn will have a front seat for it.
“Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek” opens to the public October 1, 2016 and will be up until May 13, 2018.