Sunday, September 27, 2009
In that way, Miyajima's Kaki Tree Project is different from my Tree Project since I distribute seeds to individuals for their pleasure of growing trees. Take a look at Kaki Tree Project site. It is very beautiful.
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Date: Opening and Arts Festival: Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
The special exhibition 2012+ will be open through October 17, 2009.
4th Floor Gallery
521 W. 25th Street
Between 10th and 11th Aves
New York, NY
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Drop: Urban Art Infill presents the special exhibition 2012+ curated by Alexandra Chang and Mie Iwatsuki. The title is partly coined from the Mayan calendar, indicating an upcoming shift from one phase of life to something new about to take shape. As the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, a certain sense of impending urgency is represented by this number when coupled with the current global realities of climate change. And what is felt locally and individually can potently highlight our participation within a global society. Yet the symbol "+" is also a call to contemplate and seek possibilities to envision what can be.
The 2012+ exhibition investigates the relationship of the urban-based artist and city dweller to their environs, from the city, to how they situate themselves in relationship to the environment on a global level. Each artist presented in the show contemplates their link to their notion of the environment in a unique way. By including both urban space as well as the natural environment within this realm, these artists take into account a point of view specific to the city dweller.
Some art may take on the urgency of a last warning, or contemplation of the politics that results in dystopias of environmental and societal disaster. Some may seek to present elements of harmony, an ideal state of nature, and coexistence, ushering in ideas of optimism or a possible utopia. While others may be meditative on the closeness or elusiveness of these ideas in everyday urban existence.
The special exhibition 2012+ is situated within the frameworks of the daylong art festival THE DROP: URBAN ART INFILL, a series of planned indoor and outdoor art projects, including the best in New York’s independent music, fashion, art and design, creating dialogue in the New York community about our relationship to art, the city and the greater global environment.
Artists participating in the 2012+ exhibition are:
Paul D. Miller
ON Megumi Akiyoshi
Fred Fleisher and Marguerite Day
Here are some documentations of Tree Project Installation on the Opening day, Oct 3, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
"Congratulations, Del! You really got it going!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"Today I was happy because I could see the new body of Hiroshima. I cannot believe that it grew up in front of my house. Now I inform you that your seed has become a nice tree. Hiroshi Sensei domo arigatoo gozaimasita..Gambatte for making our earth safe in the future."
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Villanova d'Asti, Italy: Monica Smith and Fiorella Gilli received Chinese Parasol Tree and Round Leaf Holly seeds
Friday, September 18, 2009
"Hello! This is Lauren Yakiwchuk writing you from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, how are you? I am very happy that the Sendan seeds that you sent me a few months ago are growing wonderfully! I planted them into an unglazed terracotta pot as you recommended, and within a couple of weeks, they were starting to sprout. Now I have a very cute Sendan plant growing in my own home!"
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
They were Japanese Hackberry, 2 Ginkgo and 2 Chinese Parasol Tree seedlings. This summer, 2009, they were grown much bigger and I decided to give them away to various people.
This is Japanese Hackberry tree seedling. This was given to people at the City Museum of Contemporary Art.
This was a Ginkgo Tree seedling. This was planted in a ceramic elephant foot pot that I made. The pot with the Ginkgo was sold to a collector in Tokyo, Japan.
This Ginkgo was to be left at my parents' place.
This Chinese Parasol Tree seedling was given to Mr. Yuso Takesawa.
The Parasol Tree with Mr. Yuso Takesawa.
Temporarily, the Parasol Tree stayed in Mr. Takesawa's friend's place.
And the last tall Chinese Parasol Tree seedling was...
planted in a ceramic elephant pot that I made.
Now it is loaned to a collector in Hiroshima, Japan.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
こないだ一週間あけて2回目をしにきたら、ちょっと元気がなさそうだったので4日おきくらいにくる事にします。The other day after one week, I came back to water, then the plants didn't look great so I will come every four days.
今日水やりに行ったらバジルがかなりしおれてました。なんかこの鉢の土、水を含みにくい気がします。窓ぎわだとすぐに乾燥しそうなのでしたのだんに移動しました。復帰してくれるのを願います。Today I came to water your plants, then the basil looked soggy. I think the soil in this pot can not hold the moister that long, so I moved the basil where there is indirect sun. I hope it will come alive again.
心配なので見にきたら生きかえってました。よかった。 I was worried when I cam to see, then it was kind of alive again. I was glad.
PlatanusPlatanus is a small genus of trees native to the Northern Hemisphere. They are known as planes or plane trees.
This is the famous Hibaku Plantanus Tree which has burned hole. On every Hibaku trees, the city of Hiroshima put signs with the names of the trees as well as some history. It says in Japanese, this Platanus was given to the school for the celebration of graduation in 1931. In 1945, August 6th, by the atomic bomb, the whole elementary school buildings burned down and many children as well as teachers got hurt. This Platanus has a scar from the heat rays that became a hole.The surface of the Platanus Tree which reminds me of the skin of elephants. The discoloration has nothing to do with atomic bomb or radiation. It is characteristic of Platanus Tree.
A Leaf of Platanus.
One hot Summer day 2009, with no school children because of the summer vacation, Tree Dr. Riki Horiguchi starts the pruning. In the picture, Dr. Horiguchi is instructing the pruning from below the tree.
After cutting the branches, they paint liquid medicine so that the cuts heals properly.Pruned branches on the ground.They loaded the truck full of pruned branches and leaves.
Before the pruning
After the pruning.
Now the Platanus tree is feeling good from shedding all the excessive branches. Without pruning, the parts of trees can rot since they can not hold the weight of branches.
Afterwords, on the ground, there were bunches of furry balls.
When you open the furry parts, all the hair has seeds.
Now back in the US, I have Platanus Tree seeds.