The DROP, Urban Art Infill: Trees from Hiroshima and Solar Powered DJs in New York


Human Glacier musical performance by Paul D. Miller. Photo by Sergio Carratal√°

A solar powered DJ booth (see photo below), tree seedlings from Hiroshima, a Human Glacier performance and Yoko Ono - all of this is happening under the High Line in New York this month. The Drop and exhibition 2012+ is about art, the city and the environment. Its title is inspired by the Mayan calendar, indicating an upcoming shift from one phase of life to something new about to take shape. Here is how the curators, Alexandra Chang and Mie Iwatsuki, explain their concept:

As the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, a certain sense of impending urgency is represented by this number when coupled with the current global realities of climate change. And what is felt locally and individually can potently highlight our participation within a global society. Yet the symbol "+" is also a call to contemplate and seek possibilities to envision what can be.

A very successful Chelsea opening, which despite the rain, attracted lots of people and featured Truth and Soul's Jeff Dynamite and Halcyon as well as DJ Spooky on the solar powered DJ booth, gave way to a two week long series of planned indoor and outdoor art projects, including music, art, fashion and design. The 2012+ show features urban-based artists and their views and relationships on a local as well as global level.


Solar Powered DJ booth. Photo by Sergio Carratal√°

One such piece of art is the Tree Project by Hiroshi Sunairi. Since 2006, the artist has been provided with second and third generation tree seedlings and seeds from Hiroshima by tree doctor Riki Horiguchi. When in 1945 the nuclear bomb burnt down the city of Hiroshima, people didn't think much would grow there for a long time. But, some plants sprang up from the remains of the burnt trees. Those trees that are still alive from the time of the atomic bombing are called Hibaku trees (A-bombed trees). Artist Sunairi is now sharing the seeds of these Hibaku trees with people around the world, as an encouragement to people who had lost hope once. In December this year, the grown seedlings will be exhibited at The Horticultural Society of New York.


Hibaku trees in New York. Photo from Tree Project
Trash and Treasure is an interactive fashion installation that took place on the opening day, by the designers of Art For Progress. The group created fashion from garbage, giving throw-away objects a second life, involving the public. You can still get involved by sketching out your idea of sustainable versus "throw away" fashion on the drawing area in the exhibition space.

Voos furniture also contributes to the show by exhibiting some of their locally made unique furniture such as DMFD's cork chairs, Deger Cengiz's Lawn Chair and sitBRKLYN, cool seats made from discarded steel helium tanks. AREAWARE's super foldable bicycles and funky wooden objects, such as Singgih Kartono's radio, were on sale at their pop-up store.

You can visit Drop, Urban Art Infill until October 17th at the 4th Floor Gallery, 521 W. 25th Street in New York, thursday through Sunday, from 3 pm to 8 pm.
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