About the Exhibition
Lost Man Creek is a miniature forest. But rather than growing naturally and of its own accord, this undulating landscape populated by some 4,000 Dawn Redwoods is a recreation. Artist Spencer Finch partnered with the Save the Redwoods League to identify a 790-acre section of the protected Redwood National Park in California. Significantly scaling down the topography and tree canopy heights, he reimagined this corner of the California forest for MetroTech at a 1:100 scale. While the original trees range from 98 to 380 feet – taller than the buildings that surround the plaza – the trees in the installation are just one to four feet in height.
Finch (b. 1962, New Haven, Connecticut) is a renowned Brooklyn-based artist whose investigations into the properties of light, color, nature, and perception, have resulted in works that turn the colors of a sunset into ice cream or the shades of the Hudson River into stained glass. Combining scientific observation with this poetic sensibility, Lost Man Creek is a living artwork for the heart of Downtown Brooklyn that makes the intangible scale of a redwood forest tangible. Through this new perspective, the artwork becomes a universal reminder of nature’s power to inspire, inviting us to take a leap from diminutive to gigantic and from urban center to California forest.
The dawn redwoods in the installation are deciduous conifers native to
this area. Over the winter they shed their needles, which will return
in the spring.
This exhibition is curated by Emma Enderby
After the exhibition closed, Public Art Fund found homes for all 4,000 baby trees in the installation. Over 200 were given away during our adopt-a-tree day and the rest were donated to various organizations: Trust for Governors Island; Kids Against Drugs; Prospect Park; Clay Pit Park in Staten Island; and NYC Parks.