The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, as documented above by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, included flooding in the South Ferry subway station in lower Manhattan, home to the lovely tree installation by the Starn brothers we reported on four years ago. Back then, the station looked like this:
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Posted in Plants elsewhere in NYC, Plants worldwide, Questions & discussion, tagged art, city, ecology, hurricane sandy, New Haven, New York, sandy, subway, trees, weather on 31 October 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in From our contributors, Plants worldwide, Questions & discussion, tagged art, Brighton, city, flowers, gardening, Hove, photography, pictures, plants, potted plant, sidewalk, UK on 13 April 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in From our contributors, Projects from others, Questions & discussion, tagged art, flowers, light, light pollution, night, photography, pictures, plants, spring, tree, washington d.c. on 30 March 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Today’s springtime urban plant beauty was captured at nighttime, by Sarah Parker, in a Home Depot parking lot near Washington, D.C. I’ve always found blossoming spring trees to be most beautiful at night, glowing under the streetlights, but have never gotten a good shot of them. I’m so glad Sarah captured this sight for us all to enjoy. It’s so beautiful that I’ll leave my usual worries about light pollution and plant insomnia aside. You can check out more photos on Sarah’s Statigram page. Have a great spring weekend, everyone!
Posted in Plants worldwide, Projects from others, Questions & discussion, tagged architecture, art, call for proposals, call for submissions, italy, landscape, limno, photography, research, venice, writing on 27 March 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I was happy to receive an email from Limno, a interdisciplinary collective based in Italy that researches nature – in many senses. They are seeking contributions for their upcoming editorial project on stratification. The project is centered around a series of walks at an old fort in Venice (yes! always happy to meet other people using walks for art and research), but the open call is not limited to this place. Read on for more:
Sorry to leave you all Urban Plant-less for a few days after I’d managed a winning streak/week of daily posts. As you may have heard, Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. I freelance for a company that makes Apple software, and we were all pretty preoccupied today. I know that all has nothing to do with urban plants, but I still wanted to repost this tough young apple tree I photographed three years ago. Its photo was exhibited partway around the world, in New York and New Haven. I believe my friend Hanni has the photo now. I wonder what the tree looks like today? Peace.
Posted in Berlin plants, Edible plants, recipes, Questions & discussion, tagged Berlin, DIY, foraging, friedrichshain, karl-marx-allee, lavender, public space, scavenging on 1 July 2011 | 2 Comments »
The weather has been very mercurial lately, swinging from warm summery days for short sleeves to gusty days like today when I go back inside to get my sweater. The weather is whipping the trees around too and I bet some of them would be happy to have sweaters too, like these trees I saw in Brooklyn back in January.
Last summer I ruminated about whether urban plants are able to “sleep” in the presence of street lamps. (It sure is difficult for those of us humans with a light shining right into our window!) My mind came back to this question as I was taking a few more pictures of plants at night. Above, truckers take their night’s rest next to the trees in the parking lot of a Lowe’s below the Smith Street subway station in Brooklyn.
If a plant was trying to talk to you, would you know it? Would you be able to decipher the message?
As I passed a giant spread of ivy covering the chain-link fence along Prospect Ave. (betw. 5th + 6th Aves), I noticed shapes made by the ivy in its in-between spaces. Might these shapes be imbued with some sort of meaning? If so, could the length of the ivy-fence be read as a headline?