What’s Happening: The artist, architect, activist, and former Surface cover star Maya Lin has unveiled a public installation at Madison Square Park. Dubbed Ghost Forest, the work comprises 49 spectral white cedar tree transplants meant to shed light on the eponymous dying event impacting woodlands around the world due to climate change.
The Download: Sourced from New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, the grove of barren cedars presents a stark juxtaposition with the surrounding greenscape, bringing to light issues like species loss, habitat loss, and climate change. In typical Lin fashion, the artwork has a public service element beyond awareness, culminating with a campaign to plant 1,000 new trees and shrubs in public parks throughout New York City this fall. In partnership with the Madison Square Conservancy, a full calendar of programming will take place until the installation comes down, on Nov. 14, including a soundscape produced by Lin and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology of the songs and calls of native animal species once endemic to Manhattan; nature-inspired meditative musical performances, curated by Carnegie Hall; and talks with leading environmentalists, co-produced by Fotografiska New York.