‘Odd, eerie and haunting’: behind Maya Lin’s Manhattan ghost forest

‘Odd, eerie and haunting’: behind Maya Lin’s Manhattan ghost forest

The famed artist and architect draws attention to climate change’s biodiversity loss with a forest of dying Atlantic cedars in New York

In Manhattan’s bustling Flatiron District, 49 coastal Atlantic cedars – each around 40ft tall, leafless branches grasping at the sky – tower over Madison Square Park’s usually flat, grassy plain. The spectral forest, a new installation by the artist and architect Maya Lin, looms like a jarring holdout from winter – barren, save for smattering of lichen on each trunk, a stark contrast to the verdant six-acre park’s late-spring growth and the clean lines of the skyscrapers overhead.

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