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Forest, mobile installation (2010) with The Urban Homesteading Project

Forest is a mobile installation in which Christmas trees, salvaged from the garbage in the post-holiday season, were arranged to mimic natural forests in industrial zones located along the Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens.

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The juxtaposition of discarded and subsequently resurrected trees against a backdrop of heavy industry and a polluted and barren waterway was an attempt to simultaneously address material waste and ecological devastation, while exploring the possibilities of rearranging the human impact on a place through the use of repurposed garbage.

At the end of the installation, the Christmas trees were recycled into mulch in a local park.

 

 

 

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The Urban Homesteading Project (Laura Chipley, Francisca Caporali and Pilar Ortiz) builds temporary dwelligs and living solutions in public space out of discarded, donated and exchanged materials, as a means to create positive social interactions within a community.

By making representative living situations and inviting community members to participate in these fictional spaces, we transform the apparent physical configuration of a space and its social and symbolic dimensions.

Through collectively observing the movement of the street, the manifestations of change in a neighborhood and the flow of people, we unfold the multiple layers of a place. Each homestead is an investigation of community, available resources and models of sociability in the contemporary city.