NESL Species Study list for Newtown Creek Plank Road
Walks on Saturday, 4pm and 5:30pm
callery pear (ripening)
queen anne’s lace
St. John’s Wort
Parallel Herbarium to open at The Brunswick Window on June 5th. More info soon!
Photos by Kether Tomkins.
“The Wild, Secret Life of New York City” by Brandon Keim
“We are in the habit of seeing untended nature as a sort of blankness, awaiting human work to fill it. It’s right there in the name: vacant lot. A place where spontaneous life is invisible, or at best considered so many weeds, the term used to lump together and dismiss what thrives in spite of our preferences.”
This Is Criminal Podcast: “He’s Neutral”
About a traffic island turned dump turned Buddhist shrine….
“Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn’t one to call the police on drug dealers or sex workers. He’s a pretty “live and let live” kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands.”
Producing Waste / Producing Space event at Princeton
“This symposium brings together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted.”
I’m going to be doing a public installation in ArtBloc in September. Here’s a description:
I am converting these windowed containers into a giant terrarium, to be filled with weeds collected from Hamilton Park with the help of the Greens Group volunteers. Throughout the two month period, the installation will be constantly changing and growing. It will act as a foil to the domesticated space of the park, a wild place within the city, encouraging viewers to look at the overlooked.
Here are some weeds we collected last Saturday. Stay tuned!
I ordered Mark Dion’s book today, Concrete Jungle.
I’ve also started a Tumblr.