Gallery Mondays: Nari Ward’s ‘Smart Tree’

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I did a double take when I saw this installation of a car made of tire on the High Line two months ago.

Yes, you read correctly. Moreover, it’s a smart car made of tire. And that’s not even the best part.

Called Smart Tree, the installation, created by Nari Ward, features an apple tree growing out of the roof of the smart car. The story behind this is actually inspired by true events.

According to the press release, when Ward went to visit his father in Jamaica, he saw a lime tree growing out of an abandoned car parked in the front yard. Since New York’s climate can’t sustain a lime tree, the recreation included an apple tree instead. The installation went on view in April 2016’s spring weather, but by the time I got to see it in the winter the tree was dying.

Ward is known for making installations out of items he finds his neighborhood (which includes Jamaica, New Jersey, and Harlem), so I’m guessing that’s where the tire came from. I’d like to know if the rubber on the tire is eco-friendly. If so, we’ve got one hell of an environmentally conscious art installation here.

Learn more about Smart Tree.

 

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