Ascending the Mountain

Ascending the Mountain

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Ascending the Mountain is a 3 part installation secured to a fence in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, NYC, on view through June 2022. This 47’ long artwork is the story of how trees settled on a 60’ mountain of schist rock. Viewers follow the tree growth as they climb up the mountain. Part 1 Roots in Rock starts at the base of the stairs. Looking beyond the artwork you see roots pushing into rock to access water and nutrients. Half way up the mountain Part 2, Tree Powerhouse, unfolds from left to right showing Photosynthesis, the process where leaves convert sunlight into energy, producing sugars & nutrients for the forest, Transpiration, the tree release of moisture cooling the air, and Respiration, where trees breathe in pollution and exhale oxygen. Part 3, Tree Canopy, is near the top of the Mountain, adjacent to the Harlem Fire Watchtower, the viewer can look out into the tree tops. This is a rare opportunity to see the tree canopy that shelters plants and animals to the delight of the people in the park. The sign shows the bare rock in 1937. Researchers are discovering that trees are networked. Ascending the Mountain celebrates their creation of an urban forest in Harlem despite the environmental injustice experienced in the community. 5 million trees in NYC are removing 2000 tons of air pollution and 40,000 tons of Co2 annually.

Ascending the Mountain

Susan Stair
by Susan Stair
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2021
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tags: air quality , atmosphere , carbon emissions , ecosystems , environmental justice , enviromental human rights , natural resources in general , plant life

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