New York

Alan Sonfist

Laguardia Place

Two months after its April planting Alan Sonfist’s new forest appeared to be growing quite nicely. Only one beer can littered the scene and already one parakeet had been lured away from some urban home to resettle in the wild. Surrounded by a high cyclone fence and decked out with plaques giving credit to funding organizations, however, Time Landscape is a slight bewilderment.

Supposedly recreating the life-cycle of a precolonial forest, the small plot of land has annoyed some local residents who complain of it as a dark, dangerous corner at night and claim it was built without the community cooperation declared in the press releases. In fact the press releases offer several justifications, explanations and origins for the piece. It was: a leftover vision from a Bronx childhood; an ecological learning experience and nature laboratory; a wildlife exhibit; an historical monument. It is also

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