The Last Stand: An Experimental Opera for Trees
Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks Art in the Parks are partnering with Creative Time to present artist Kamala Sankaram’s first public artwork, The Last Stand, on view Thursday–Sunday, September 18–October 10, 2021, in Prospect Park. The public sound installation and experimental opera for and about trees invites audiences to consider the complex and expansive life cycle of one of our most vital natural resources. Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining forest with more than 30,000 trees and many species of native flora that are an integral habitat to the hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.
The Last Stand chronicles the lifespan of a 300-year-old Northern Red Oak—the “Mother Tree”—from the years 1750–2050. The rich soundscape tells the story of the Mother Tree in Black Rock Forest, a nearly 4,000-acre diverse ecosystem in upstate New York with tree species tracing back 14,000 years. Sankaram personally created field recordings of the environment to develop sounds for the installation, which will be experienced through rhythms, looped sounds, and the physical vibrations they generate.
The Last Stand is the winner of Creative Time’s 2021 Emerging Artist Open Call, which offers the opportunity for an artist to create their first-ever public artwork. Lead Project Support is generously provided by Costa Brazil.
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or advance registration is required, and COVID protocols will be in place.