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.

 

Gallery Mondays: Hewitt’s ‘Urban Rattle’ on The High Line NYC

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I haven’t been to The High Line since last year, and looking back at some of the photos I’ve taken while up there makes me want to go back this fall!

I took this photo when I visited The High Line with some friends back in 2013. It’s an art installation by Charlie Hewitt called Urban RattleWhen I first saw it, I didn’t think much of it, but it’s quite the intriguing art installation.

The rattle contains seven pieces. I can only make out a few of the pieces in the rattle—Pacman, a crown, and a boomerang.

When I was a toddler, I don’t remember having a legit rattle (my mom says I had one though), but I do remember having this doll with a handle that I would shake to create a bell sound. I loved that doll. I think her name was Molly.

Totally wouldn’t have minded having this Urban Rattle to play with, though.

See more of Charlie Hewitt’s work here.