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Yayoi Kusama’s artwork is joyous, full of polka dots and mirrored rooms. But I didn’t know she had anything to do with urban plants until writer Celeste Ng tweeted about seeing “these trees, dolled up in their polka-dot finest in honor of a Yayoi Kusama exhibit” at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Grove of trees with their trunks wrapped in red material with white polka dots. Part of a Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of Celeste Ng.Tree with its trunk wrapped in red material with white polka dots. Part of a Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of Celeste Ng.

Celeste Ng kindly gave us permission to share her photos on our humble blog. Thank you, Celeste! Readers, please check out her Twitter: @pronounced_ing and her latest novel, Little Fires Everywhere.

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Display of handmade cutting boards made of salvaged Hawaiian hardwood, by Foundwood

Amazing how much you can learn about mango trees at the Kaka‘ako Farmers Market here in Honolulu. While vegetable shopping this morning, I stopped to chat with Jen Homcy about Foundwood, her woodworking company that creates cutting boards out of reclaimed local hardwood. She took the time to share some knowledge about the wood she uses, including how the curl gets in the curly mango.

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Two different urban researchers, charmingly named of Field Office, made a video about looking at Berlin plants. It reminds me of how, when I arrive in a new place, I suddenly don’t recognize most of the trees, leaf shapes, anything really except a few international plants like lawn grass and dandelions.

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A child of the city, now grown, decided to face her discomfort with the forest. Because this particular forest was a foreign one, where the trees spoke Estonian, Berlin-based artist Nadin Reschke asked local schoolchildren to help her communicate with them. In this video, the children teach her words for talking to trees: words soft as moss.

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The tree branches above the red-checkered tablecloths of this beer garden were filled of floating full moons. They reflected on the water of the Schlachtensee after our swim. Berliners can be thankful for lakes and plants right in the city borders that don’t feel at all urban. Still, we can’t seem to resist augmenting reality a bit…

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Happy New Year! These trees at Heian shrine are carrying the fortunes and hopes of hundreds of prayerful visitors.

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Escalator under Water @ South Ferry

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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