Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bob Nichols on the Razing of Trees in Washington Sq Park

TO SEE THE CHAINSAW MASSACRE OF THE WASHINGTON SQUARE TREES GO TO http://www.youtube.com/washingtonsqdestruct
Nichols was landscape architect for the previous renovation of Washington Sq. in the late 60s and creator of the unique fountain theatre and sitting wall -- condemned to rubble and not to be rebuilt (the fountain, yes; the amphitheatre, no). Liza Bear has been making a film, Squaring Off, about the fight to save Washington Square from bulldozing since May 1, 2005, and actively participating in that fight--not just filming the destruction. The more recent chronicle of destruction is just a sad epilogue to the film. Work-in-progress scenes from Squaring Off (2005 on) can be seen at http://squaringoff.blip.tv, http://www.youtube.com/nothingofficial, http://www.youtube.com/washingtonsq.destruct

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Anonymous squaringoff said...

Thank you, Dee Dee. It's great to see Bob Nichols at home in Vermont, even though he looks very upset as well as cold, and for good reason. Nichols was landscape architect for the previous renovation of Washington Sq. in the late 60s and creator of the unique fountain theatre and sitting wall -- condemned to rubble and not to be rebuilt (the fountain, yes; the amphitheatre, no). PS: To avoid confusion, with reference to the previous posting, "Outrage at Privatization of Park"-- Liza Bear has been making a film, Squaring Off, about the fight to save Washington Square from bulldozing since May 1, 2005, and actively participating in that fight--not just filming the destruction. The more recent chronicle of destruction is just a sad prologue to the film.
Work-in-progress scenes from Squaring Off (2005 on) can be seen at http://squaringoff.blip.tv, http://www.youtube.com/nothingofficial, http://www.youtube.com/washingtonsq.destruct

7:31 PM  
Anonymous squaringoff said...

epilogue, not prologue

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camp Benepe: Chainsaw Massacre is at http://www.youtube.com/washingtonsqdestruct

10:34 PM  

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