Ready, Set…

September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22 was load-in day.  Telescopic forklifts, boom lifts, tons of lumber, table saws and power drills all made their way to Madison Square Park, as did Tadashi Kawamata.  He arrived as the sun was setting for an evening meeting with his assistants, our engineers and tree care specialists.

Today we start building!  Don’t forget, Tadashi and his crew will be meeting and greeting the public from 12:30 – 1:00 PM every day at Tree Huts HQ, in the southwest corner of Madison Square Park at 23rd St. and 5th Avenue. See you there….

Welcome to the online home of Tree Huts, Tadashi Kawamata’s artist-in-residency program (from September 23 through October 1, 2008) culminating in a site-specific installation of wooden huts in the trees of historic Madison Square Park in New York City.   Tree Huts is presented by Mad. Sq. Art, the free public art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and the exhibition will be on view through December 31, 2008.

Everyone is welcome to watch this world-renowned artist transform Madison Square Park from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM during the artist-in-residency period.  Every day from 12:30 to 1:00 PM, Tadashi Kawamata  and his crew will have lunch with the press and public at Tree Huts HQ in the southwest corner of Madison Square Park, providing an opportunity for interactive and educational exchange with the many thousands of visitors Madison Square Park receives every day.  On Saturday, June 27, kids can get in on the action too, with make-your-own-hut workshops taking place from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Madison Square Park’s award-winning playground and exploration station.

Be sure to check this blog often to see the progress as Tadashi Kawamata: Tree Huts transforms Madison Square Park. We encourage you to share your Tree Huts experience with us so that we can share them with the world through this blog.  Photos, reflections, questions and comments are all welcome at info@madisonsquarepark.org.  Just be sure to put “Tree Huts” in the subject line.

See you in the park!