Aleksandra Mir

CityForest

NEW YORK—Heaps of discarded but still freshly smelling trees appear all over the New York City streets in early January every year. I planned to gather them up after the holiday season and to let them remain in their natural state for a while longer. The project was picked up by the Public Art Fund who made a serious attempt to find a good location and to produce it on a large scale with hundreds of trees. But it was quickly canceled by the New York City fire brigade who did not like the idea of a forest made out of dead drying trees. The small group I pulled together for the shot was left in Tompkins Square Park until removed by park authorities a few days later