Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New York, Bronx!!: Alex Neroulias's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Alex Neroulias with newly planted pot on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.

"Hey All, YES!! my persimmon seed sprouted today some time between 5-8 pm ( Am I a cornball for knowing the time? Who cares, I'm just so stoked its come into existence). I immediately moved the pot to the nursery in the front of my house where it will get plenty of sun, company from other plants, and a chance to grow big and strong In The Bronx. Peace.

My family moved to NYC 60 years ago and soon there after moved into a home in the Bronx. My grandmother planted 2 magnolia trees next to each other where they grew and lived happily until recently. My neighbor had a problem with his driveway and cut down one of the trees. It is my belief and understanding that this caused the other magnolia tree to die as their roots were intertwined in a symbiotic relationship providing life and support. It was the day before your opening i was up on a gigantic latter cutting down the dead tree leaving a small void in my yard and heart. I hope that with time and patience I will be able to plant one of the seedlings from the tree doctor in its place.

Beyond their inherent purpose of life and beauty, symbolically these seeds are loaded with meaning and purpose. I wonder if they are more resilient than other trees being as that their ancestors went through such a catastrophic event. I'm sure Darwin would say so..

Either way this is an amazing project which I am proud and honored to be a part of."
---Alex

Congrats, Alex!

4 comments:

Audrey Tran said...

Alex, your story about the Magnolia trees is really beautiful. Good luck with planting the persimmon seeds in place of the trees you grew up with.

Nicole Neroulias said...

Ah, but how are the cherry tree and the honeysuckle bushes doing? :-)

Alex said...

Thanks for your comment Audrey,
So far so good.. Lou Lou (i named the Persimmon tree) just grew its third layer of leaves and seems to be healthy and happy (indoors for now). Hiroshi told me it may be a few years before I can transplant outside, and I must say I am wondering if she will be able to survive the cold winters in NYC. Something tells me if the mother of this seed survived a nuclear winter what is a little snow and ice :)
Peace,
ALex

Alex said...

Nikki,
You know its funny you ask because Aunt Fotoula and I just harvested the sour cherries and made Glico with them, but I must admit much to my dismay I think the cherry tree is not doing so hot. I noticed some sort of mold growth on the leaves. I did my best pruning the dead branches and I think with a bit of luck and some love she will bounce back by next spring.
xo,
Alex