New Public Art Insanity: Tree Houses in Madison Square Park

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We may be about to lose Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls (Remember them? The ones killing trees in Brooklyn?) but we're about to gain another bit of public art insanity: "Tree Huts" in Madison Square Park. They'll be a collection of small wooden structures tucked into the trees. "To some, they may evoke childhood memories of hiding out in treehouses; to others, they may suggest flimsy shelters built by the homeless." It's the work of Tadashi Kawamata, who built a web of scaffolding around the Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island a long time ago. Photo op advisory: construction of the huts starts September 23 and will go until October 1. No word on whether Shake Shack will deliver to them.
· Tadashi Kawamada--Tree Huts [madisonsquarepark.org]
· Urban Refuges, Floating in the Flatiron District’s Air [NYT]

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