A forest in Times Square?
(Times Square - WABC, August 18, 2006) (WABC) -- It's often considered a concrete jungle. But soon, Times Square will be transformed into a forest.
This project was very much inspired by the Gates Project in Central Park, which added art to nature. This is a little different because it adds a play on nature to an otherwise urban environment.
Traffic, lights, moving images, art for sale, sculpture, billboards -- it's all a sensory overload. And now if you look up, Times Square is also growing a forest. Banners with images of trees, each created by a different graphic artist or designer, like Carin Goldberg.
"Graphic designers I think, you know our work is everywhere and because it is, people don't really have the chance to zoom in on it and view it as art," she said.
And her design features a flash card. There are 185 in all, some even created by students.
Mark Randall came up with the idea for the Urban Forest Project. But will anyone notice the banners or trees?
"People are going to notice," Randall said.
And for the artists, it's sort of like making it to Broadway!
Every banner is available as a t-shirt as well. Money raised from t-shirt sales go to help mentor high school students interested in design.
When the show is over, the banners will be turned into tote bags and sold at an auction.
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