Stamford gallery leads New York City tree relocation

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There are 55 honey locust trees growing in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, the central locale of the 2011 Occupy Walls Street protests. Artist David Horvitz collected the seeds from those trees and is germinating them during his artist residency at New York’s Clocktower Gallery.

Now, Horvitz needs help bringing the trees to their new home — in Stamford.

The artist, along with Franklin Street Works, a nonprofit art space, is enlisting volunteers to carry the little trees back to the City That Works on Saturday, May 4.

The collaborative performance, part of Franklin Street Works latest exhibition, “Strange Invitation,” will see each participant carry a tree from the Clocktower Gallery to Stamford via the Metro North train, stopping off at nearby Zuccotti Park en route.

The plants will continue to grow there through June 16, “adding to Franklin Street Works’ exploration of sustainability, art and activism in ‘Strange Invitation,’” according to the gallery.

Horvitz sees one person carrying one plant as a poetic component of the project, adding, “I really like the image of someone going across the Atlantic in a boat, carrying a small apple branch or rose cutting, ready to plant it wherever they end up.”

In June, Horvitz and Franklin Street Works will find permanent homes for the trees, ideally at public institutions such as museums, libraries and college campuses.

Connecticut participants will meet at Franklin Street Works at 10:30 a.m. or at the Stamford Train Station for the 11:03 a.m. train, on the third car from the end. New York City participants will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Clocktower Gallery. To sign up, RSVP to Sandrine@franklinstreetworks.org. For information on Franklin Street Works and options in purchasing Metro North tickets, email terri@franklinstreetworks.org.

Scott Gargan

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