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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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.

The High Line NYC in the Fall

The last time I visited the High Line was May of this year. It was springtime, so all of the flowers were in full bloom and the colors were so bright and lively.

When I visited this month, most of the flowers were drying up. Instead of the bright pinks and orange flowers that are around in the spring, fall at the High Line looks very brown, yellow, red, and green.

It’s still quite beautiful. Just a different kind of beautiful.

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November vs. May at the High Line NYC

To add to the differences, this time I entered High Line at 23rd Street and walked down to 13th. Last time, I walked with my friends from 18th Street up to 23rd.

Since I walked farther down this time, I saw three new interesting things.

Liquor Store Attendant by George Condo

Liquor Store Attendant by George Condo

1. Let’s just say this is a very interesting looking liquor store attendant.

Drag Queen Florent Morellet (aka Queen of the Meatpacking District) by John Ahearn

Drag Queen Florent Morellet (aka Queen of the Meatpacking District) by John Ahearn

2. Florent Morellet’s eyes follow you when you move around in front of him. I know for a fact that I’m wasn’t just seeing things, because my friend Vickie said the same.

Pan by Sean Landers

Pan by Sean Landers

3. Greek mythology on the High Line! I was instantly reminded of Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I was shocked to see how different the High Line looks when the season changes. Maybe I’ll go see how it looks covered in snow this winter.

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High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!