public art > Groundswell
2012; painted steel and wood; 20 x 85 x 45 inches (tree guard), 24 x 100 x 55 inches (tree guard with bench).
In fall 2012, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership selected artists’ designs for the panels of new tree guards along Myrtle Avenue, a central route in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Each design was laser-cut into the four steel panels of a tree guard.
My design was inspired by the physical location of the panel, being close to the ground, which suggested essential relationships: Water and nutrients in soil feed the trees, and the trees feed us oxygen.