BBG to Present Tree House Installation for Visitors in Spring 2013

Artist Roderick Romero Begins Construction March 4; Opens to the public April 6, 2013

Release Date: February 27, 2013

Brooklyn, NY—This spring, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) presents a new site-specific installation by New York-based artist and tree house architect Roderick Romero. Romero will use the wood from BBG trees felled by Hurricane Sandy and salvaged from elsewhere in the Garden to create a whimsical inhabitable sculpture that is part open-air classroom, part viewing point, and part artwork. Created specifically for BBG, the intriguing work will invite visitors of all ages to experience the Garden in a new way.

At around 200 square feet and five feet from the ground, Romero’s naturalistic, site-specific design will visually link to the Garden’s wooded landscape while offering a brand-new way to experience the Garden. The tree house— next to a majestic caucasian wingnut tree — will be capable of holding up to 20 visitors at a time and overlook nearby Bluebell Wood. The tree house will be constructed almost entirely from oaks felled in the southern part of BBG by Sandy and from woody material repurposed from BBG’s previous on-site interactive sculpture, Natural History, by Patrick Dougherty.

Romero, who is based in the East Village, has built tree houses in the U.S., Central America, Africa and Europe for artistic luminaries like Sting, Laurie Anderson, and Darren Aronofsky. BBG’s tree house will be the first of Romero’s projects in a public garden, allowing unprecedented access for visitors of all ages to experience and appreciate both Romero’s work and the Garden from a new perspective. BBG’s Spring Break Discovery Week (March 26, 27, 28, 29, April 2; 11 a.m.–1 p.m.) will focus on the tree house as a site to learn and play, with free drop-in workshops for families, all free with Garden admission. Kids will be able to watch the artist at work, try their hand at weaving a nest, and learn about the different structures animals build.

For more information about Roderick Romero’s tree house at BBG, email communications@bbg.org or call 718-623-7241.

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