For a limited time, a new art installation in Brooklyn offers New Yorkers another way to experience the scale of redwood trees. “Lost Man Creek” (external link) by Spencer Finch, an American artist who channels his impressions of the natural world into his art, recreated a living model of an important forested watershed in Redwood National Park.
When searching for the appropriate watershed to recreate, Finch turned to Save the Redwoods League. The League identified Lost Man Creek, a 790-acre section of Redwood National Park, to demonstrate the majesty of the redwoods. Lost Man Creek is just ten minutes north of the League-owned Orick Mill Site.
To lay the groundwork and recreate the terrain for his New York display, Finch trucked in loads of dirt and used topographical data provided by the League. When looking for information about the size and number of the trees, Finch again turned to the League. Using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) surveys, the League determined the heights of the trees in the surveyed area and shared the data with Finch.
Due to the immense size of coastal redwoods, Finch decided to use the smaller dawn redwood for the installation and scale his piece down to one one-hundredth of the forest’s actual size. Working with the Public Art Fund, Finch was able to plant his installation in an urban section of Brooklyn, the Metro Tech Commons.
The installation opened to the public on October 1, 2016 and will be on display until March 11, 2018. To appreciate the true majesty of the redwood forest, try to visit in the summer because, unlike its coastal redwood and giant sequoia cousins, the dawn redwood loses its leaves in the winter.
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