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Monday, December 6, 2021

Maya Lin’s Disassembled “Haunted Forest” will be reborn into boats

Maya Lin’s famous “Haunted Forest” – her installation in Madison Square Park in New York – was cut, and the artist was very happy: on Friday, a group of teenagers saw the logging and sawed it. on Monday to make the boats they plan to sail next year.

“I was overjoyed because otherwise the trees would have been mulched or turned into shingles,” Lin said in an interview. “Boats are fun and part of the new life of art.”

Last spring, Lin planted 49 trees for the exhibit, which opened in May and drew crowds and critical acclaim with its haunting memory of the ecological apocalypse. The trees, Atlantic white cedars, grew from a dying grove that was planned to be cleaned up as part of the New Jersey Pine Barrens restoration project, where climate change caused a large swath of forest to die, and with Lin’s installation making a statement about climate change and environmental sustainability.

Lin knew that she wanted to keep a portion of each magazine for future projects, including the Colorado outdoor set-up and the virtual work that coincided with the installation’s anniversary next year. But it was unclear where the rest of the forest would go.

By Monday, the remains of the artwork were on the woods of a wooden bench in the Bronx, where teenagers called gunfire and formed planks for boats.

The trees went to the teenagers by a fluke. Carla Murphy, New York City Fire Service Programming Manager, was jogging around Madison Square Park in October when Haunted Forest caught her attention. She stopped rooted to the spot and began to listen to the soundscape that accompanied the exhibition. It reminded her of the nature trips that students take near the South Bronx with the nonprofit Rocking the Boat, of which she is a trustee.

The inspiration came just as Brooke Kamin Rapaport, deputy director and chief curator of the reserve, walked by.

“Hi, I know this is crazy,” Murphy recalls. “But I would like to take your trees.”

Rocking the Boat is a nonprofit organization that educates students at Hunts Point on great outdoor experiences by building and operating wooden boats. The organization often receives timber through donations, and after Murphy asked Madison Square Park to collect the trees, Rapaport and the artist agreed.

The Conservatory has dedicated part of its budget to hiring Tri-Lox, a Brooklyn-based wood workshop. A carpentry team with a portable sawmill arrived at the park on Friday. As they cut down trees and peeled off bark, about a dozen Rocking the Boat students watched and learned.

“This is the first time I’ve seen trees being harvested,” said 16-year-old Muktar Barry from Hunts Point in the Bronx. He joined the group three years ago for after-school classes and loved boating. Like many students, he was not familiar with Lin’s work until he learned of her donation. Then he began to research other monuments and sculptures of the artist.

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“I wonder how she collected trees, and now we’re using them,” Barry said. “We give trees new life and new meaning.”

The situation was certainly unusual in Madison Square Park. “This is the first time a piece of art has not left the park intact,” said Tom Reidy, the conservation officer who organized the dismantling.

As the timber passed through the mobile sawmill in the park, Rapaport contemplated his long journey and final destination. “Atlantic white cedar trees are highly resilient to regeneration,” she said. “They were taken from a dying forest. They stood in Madison Square Park as symbols and signposts for six months to demonstrate the physical materiality of climate change. And now they will be repurposed with a new meaning. “

On Monday, the teenagers were in the workshop.

“We don’t want her to drown,” said 17-year-old Joshua Garcia, describing how he added firewood to the 28-foot boat in front of him. tilt each plank and glue the frame with paint. The boat – the first of five made of wood from Lin’s drawing – will take about a year and will be made by about 20 teenagers.

Rocking the Boat began as a volunteer project in 1995 when founder Adam Green began working with junior high school students in East Harlem. After moving to the Bronx one year later, Rocking the Boat has developed after-school and summer programs that often involve students in the outdoors. The organization also provides social services, academic training and career planning; some participants have pursued careers in carpentry and marine biology or have earned degrees in environmental engineering.

Greene said students start by building the ridge of the boat. Cedar planks are individually shaped and attached to this type of frame until the body is complete. Next comes the reinforcement of the stem and stern with oak bumpers and a ribbed frame that provides support. (The rest of the boat is made of cedar.) The interior will later be fitted with floorboards and seats; students also hand-craft oars and complete the project by naming the boat and painting it with paint.

By next summer, Lin’s art boat will set off on its maiden voyage past the shores of the salt marsh near the ramp and enter the Bronx River, where herons and herons glide over the water. “The South Bronx is a very resource-limited community, but the river has enormous natural resources that can improve people’s lives,” Green said. “Our role is to connect the area with water.”

The teens working on the boat this week intend to stay on this first river trip.

“When I work on boats, I’m in my happy place,” said 17-year-old Deborah Simmons, an apprentice in a wooden workshop, sanding another board. “I just go, go. I allow myself to flow through the tree. I’m in the zone.

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