A Clearing in the Streets
Standing out from the concrete surfaces and benches of New York’s Collect Pond Park is a ten-sided wooden structure entitled “A Clearing in the Streets.” Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, the installation is meant as a visual intervention, forcing a spaciotemporal instance of the organic within the context of the urban. Although the miniature meadow behind the installation’s wooden panels is small, the project’s creators explain that:
Our collective urban vision is at a point where we need to broaden the definition of “nature” in the city. While there may not be many opportunities to build large-scale parks, there is tremendous potential for even very small landscapes or natural environments to have a strong impact on urban residents. Our work explores temporary landscapes, insertions of nature into the urban environment, that have the potential to change the way we think about nature and our relationship to it.