GreenThumb Events & Workshops
Whispers in the Grove
Saturday, June 15, 2019
3:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
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Calling all art, science, and nature lovers! Come visit "Whispers in the Grove", an interactive, multimedia art installation at the East River Park Compost Yard which will be on view from June 15 through September.
Join us for a day of family-friendly activities that will include viewing soil samples under BioBus microscope, worm bin demonstration, mixing potting soil, and decorating your own planter.
Inspired by mycorrhiza, trees' communication through an underground network of roots and mycelium fungus, the artists built steel trees topped by cell-like bulbs made of reclaimed bottle caps from different cities around the USA. The forest-like structure is illuminated with internal lights; voice tubes invite people to whisper to each other from across the sculpture; and for the opening, a soundscape by poet Nicole Celeste Anderson will guide participants in contemplating life in symbiosis. Our budding understanding of the mycorrhiza phenomenon makes humans and plants seem more similar. This network is reminiscent of human neurons, the internet, even our network of roads connecting cities. Through "Whispers in the Grove," artists Kathy Creutzburg, Natalia Lesniak, and Mirabai Kwan Yin seek to pique the public's interest in science and nature, as well as fostering a sense of interconnection between humans and plants, leading to responsible conservation efforts and sustainable practices.
"Whispers in the Grove" is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and administered by LMCC. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.
For any questions about this event, please contact Peter Tzannes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 477-4022.