Civic Center/Borough Hall area, Downtown Brooklyn
Daily through March 11, free
Closing event: Sunday, March 11, free, 12 noon - 2:00 pm
lost man creek slideshow
In October 2017, environmental artist Spencer Finch planted approximately four thousand tiny dawn redwoods in a wooden barrier in MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, a 1:100 replica of a section of Redwood National Park in California. The New Haven-born, Brooklyn-based Finch will be at the closing of the installation, Lost Man Creek, on March 11 at noon, when the one-to-four-feet-high local deciduous conifers will be potted and given away for free. Trees will also be donated to such New York State organizations as NYC Parks, the Trust for Governors Island, Prospect Park Alliance, and Kids Escaping Drugs, among others. The redwood was reintroduced in California in the late 1940s after they were thought to be extinct; the largest dawn redwood in the California park can reach up to 380 feet, 55 feet higher than the biggest building in the Commons. Be sure to get up close to the installation, which was created in conjunction with the Save the Redwoods League and the Public Art Fund, to enjoy the lovely details of this miniature forest, which is a world unto itself. Finch has previously made such works as A Certain Slant of Light at the Morgan Library, Sunset (Central Park), a truck that made soft-serve ice cream that changed colors based on solar heat and was part of Drifting in Daylight, and The River That Flows Both Ways on the High Line, a wall of windows whose colors were generated from pixelated photographs of the Hudson.