Saturday, June 15

Whispers in the Grove: Participatory activities that celebrate art, science and nature

Calling all Art, Science and Nature lovers! Come visit "Whispers in the Grove", an interactive, multimedia art installation at the LESEC East River Park Compost Yard which will be on view from June 15 through September. Free activities on opening day are appropriate for all ages. View soil samples at BioBus’ mobile microscope station, see the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s worm bin demonstration, mix potting soil, and decorate a planter to take home. Please sign up for a time slot at


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Day: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Time: 3:30 pm-8:30 pm, with the last set of participatory activities beginning at 7:30 pm

Location: East River Park Compost Yard, at the intersection of the East River Park Bikeway and the path leading towards the south side of the East River Park Amphitheater. Near Grand St and FDR Drive. 

Google coordinates: P26C+C9 New York.

Nearest public transit: F, M, J, Z to Delancy st- Essex st or M21 bus to Grand St/ FDR Dr


Inspired by mycorrhiza, trees' communication through an underground network of roots and mycelium fungus, the artists built steel trees topped by cell-like bulbs made of reclaimed bottle caps from different cities around the USA. The forest-like structure is illuminated with internal lights, voice tubes invite people to whisper to each other from across the sculpture, and for the opening, a soundscape by poet Nicole Celeste Anderson will guide participants in contemplating life in symbiosis. Our budding understanding of the mycorrhiza phenomenon makes humans and plants seem more similar. This network is reminiscent of human neurons, the internet, even our network of roads connecting cities. Through “Whispers in the Grove” artists Kathy Creutzburg, Natalia Lesniak, and Mirabai Kwan Yin seek to peak the public’s interest in science and nature, as well as fostering a sense of interconnection between humans and plants, leading to responsible conservation efforts and sustainable practices.

"Whispers in the Grove" is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.

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