A Blast from the Past

You might think the blast from the past is the resurrection of this blog, but no…. It’s a video from four years ago.

And, I guess, the resurrection of this blog, for the purpose of announcing said video. It’s almost Easter, after all — resurrection is in the air.

On September 20, 2014, the gimpy elm tree in Tompkins Square Park was set to be cut down by the Parks Department, because it was hollow and leaning dangerously.

Performance artist Bill Talen (who lives in Brooklyn), appeared seemingly out of nowhere to hamper the workers’ progress.

He came alone, with no supporters. The only people there that day were people passing through the park on their way somewhere else, and a handful of bloggers with cameras there to record the felling of the tree.

I contacted Mr. Talen, via email, and offered to sell him this video. I thought he might want to use it for promotional purposes. He wrote back and said he would present the offer to his organization to decide, and get back to me. He never did.

I thought about posting the video then, but held off since it was clearly so promotional that I didn’t want to be seen as a propagandist!

Recently, wanting to free up my hard drive for important videos, I decided to delete this, but always with an eye to posterity, to post it first.

So here it is: