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The Miraculous The Miraculous: New York

47. (Madison Square Park)

An artist transports several dozen dead or dying Atlantic white cedar trees from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Once easily found up and down the East Coast, these trees are now drastically reduced in number as a result of short-sighted forestry practices and sea-level rise and salt infiltration brought on by climate change. Borrowing a term commonly used for this phenomenon, which is becoming more and more widespread in coastal regions throughout the world, the artist titles her grove of desiccated trees Ghost Forest.

(Maya Lin)

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Raphael Rubinstein

Raphael Rubinstein is the author of The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014) and A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015). He is currently writing a book about the Jewish-Egyptian writer Edmond Jabès. A Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art, he divides his time between Houston and New York.

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