49 dead trees "planted" in Madison Square Park

Originally published at: 49 dead trees "planted" in Madison Square Park | Boing Boing


Is there a climate change thing that is killing cedars in particular like the Emerald Ash Borer or Dutch Elm disease?


From the Reuter’s story:
“This is a grove of Atlantic Cedars… victims of saltwater inundation from rising seas due to climate change,” said Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Not specific to a particular species of tree, but damage to trees in general.


Joshua Trees are dropping at an alarming rate, encroachment on habitat, idiots cutting them down, and the pure lack of concern are killing them, add in the climate and we have recipe for disaster in the California high desert. Bark beetles are a menace too to the desert pines. We’ve managed to bring back our old boy from the brink, I see the pollinating moths coming around, so he’s back, for now.


The exhibit in Madison Square Park, in the shadow of the Empire State Building, will be displayed until Nov. 14.

Between now and Nov 14, birds, insects, rodents will colonize these beauties then be lost when the trees are ripped out. They should stay until they sink into the ground.


There may be liability issues if they aren’t firmly secured in the ground (or even if they are) and one falls over and injures someone. I don’t know how they are fastened down. I’m pretty sure the New York parks have personnel who remove dead and dying trees and branches before they endanger someone.

The City got trolled: somebody just installed 49 telephone poles. But it’s ok because it’s all in the name of “art.”

Given where I live we have massive problems with spread of tree diseases by firewood movement, does anyone else think that this is kind of a “can’t see the forest for the trees” moment? I’m concerned that bringing dead trees 100+ miles away from where they died (without sterilizing them) is going to spread forestry diseases. (Even though NYC is a dense urban landscape, they do still have enough trees to worry about…)

If they need felling/cutting down, once they have been colonised, as @blackeye notes they will be, then chop them and leave the log piles in situ for further insect and small mammal colonisation.

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As an aside, while I understand the desire to keep the video short I really hate the way this one is edited with overlapping sound bites, so Maya Lin seems to interrupt herself several times.

Climate change is a hoax! Vaccines cause autism! Gravitation is just a theory!


Just saw this in the Guardian:

The park’s 49 trees (originally 50 – one was deemed too dead upon arrival in New York to be safely replanted) were slated for private removal to provide regenerative space for new forest growth, and meticulously inspected to prevent insects and other threats to the greenery in the park.

The trees were delivered via flatbed truck in the middle of the night, and arranged (eight feet deep into the ground, two feet more than standard telephone poles) by Lin according to the tree’s individual “personalities”, size and the jigsaw of sprinkler and electrical lines.

Also, it’s interesting to me that the trees aren’t dead yet (but they were going to be removed, as said in the first quote above)

stands as a sort of slow-rolling funeral – the 49 trees, all about 80 years old, are still technically alive but will die completely within about two years,

I wonder what exactly what will be done with them when the installation is over, in six months (November 14).


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