Ieri sera mi ha scritto la mia amica Noa Charuvi, con la quale (e con la sua bellissima bambina Maya) passeggiavo a Prospect Park il giorno in cui ho fotografato l'albero abbattuto con tutti quei bigliettini. Noa mi scrive: "Ho scoperto chi è l'artista, la conosco, andavamo a scuola insieme! Era sul New York Times di oggi!"
Lei si chiama Jennifer Brantley, ed ecco cosa dice il NYT del suo progetto, "Communicate Care":
Last spring, Jennifer Brantley was walking through Prospect Park in
Brooklyn near Grand Army Plaza when she noticed a big beech had been cut
“It got struck by lightning, it was diseased, Sandy didn’t help,” she said.
Ms. Brantley, 33, left small white paper flags and a composition book in a clear bag beside the beech stump on Oct. 10.
Since then, people have posted nearly 50 of her flags on the tree’s roots. (See photo.)
“I miss this tree,” reads the inscription on them.
The composition book has filled with tributes.
“It had skin like an elephant and was wise,” one says.
Someone placed a chunky wooden sculpture on the stump.
It says, “I tried.”
The shrine is still there. You can stop by and pay your respects.