Images from Upvan Lake’s foursquare page

https://foursquare.com/v/upvan-lake-thane-maharastra/4b5d250ff964a5206d5429e3

I like these square tree barriers/corrals/enclosures.

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And the comments!

  • There’s a huge crocodile in the lake!
    February 25, 2012
  • A beautiful scenic and panoramic views of the the lake! Don’t spoil with ur public display of ur emotions! Ppl are here to enjoy the other beauty,which is divine!
    July 24, 2011
  • It’s so romantic here.
    May 25
  • Best time to visit at morning so can enjoy strolling on the lake side and enjoy the fresh air blowing.
    April 29
  • Good place to be with yr loved once
    July 19, 2011
  • The silence of this place is so loud that you won’t be able to hear your own thoughts. This silence takes over your thoughts – Good or Bad.
    June 8, 2012
  • Calm u quite plc
    April 21, 2012
  • Jst enjoy with ur girlfriend cos its lovers point
    April 5, 2012
  • Awesum place to hangout wid frnds n hav a sip of beer 😉
    March 18, 2011

Deinstalling New Growth

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I deinstalled my sculptures on Randall’s Island a few weeks ago with the help of Mike and Peter as well as Deb and her crew. First we unscrewed the nuts and used a mallet to whack the bolts loose (pictured above).

When we removed the plywood pieces from the signpost, we found some creatures living inside:

The signpost + 3 ft of concrete were ripped out of the ground by a large machine.

Long day spent mostly in a U-Haul driving all over NY and NJ. Lots of traffic. Some Japanese food at the end.

New Growth Installation

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8:00 AM I arrived, met Deb and Fin, and we started drilling out the holes. 8 holes, 3 ft deep x 1 ft diameter, with two being “long holes”: 1 ft wide x 2 ft long. Cleaned up the holes with shovels.

9:20 AM Mike arrived with sonotubes. We widened some of the holes and inserted the sonotubes.

10:00 AM Eric and Chris arrived with the sculptures. We started putting them in their respective holes, staking them, and wrapping plastic around the bottom to protect from concrete splashes.

10:45 AM Concrete truck arrived. Mike and Eric started filling holes while Chris and I continued to place and stake them. Cleaned up the concrete a little.

12:15 AM Concrete truck left. Cleaned the wheelbarrows and shovels, gathered tools. Ate lunch.

Yau Lu

Thanks to Hyperallergic’s An Xiao for this article about Yau Lu’s landscape photographs:

But as I looked closer, I noticed that what was supposed to be an ink painting was actually a photograph. Yao carefully adjusted the image on Photoshop to create the semblance of a shanshui painting, down to little details like a red chop for the artist’s signature.

They are actually images of landfills, dumps, and rubble. The green netting is a common sight at these places.

Chinese landscape painting uses shifting perspective in order to allow the viewer to imagine walking through the landscape. By disguising these junkspaces as traditional majestic landscapes, the artist kind of tricks the viewer into strolling through these places where no one would want to stroll. Brilliant and beautiful.

This is our new landscape. The Fresh Kills Landfill is bigger than the Great Wall.

Yao Lu, "Mountain Trek" (2009)

"Mountain and Straw Houses in the Summer" (2008)

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