Friday, February 25, 2011

Soylent Green

The pop-up "green space" Park Here closed a couple weeks ago, after an extended run at Openhouse Gallery, "New York's pop-up retail space."

I took a stroll through the indoor park, over the Astroturf "grass" and under the faux trees, past the ladies selling cupcakes and the signs about yoga classes, into a weird world where people were behaving as if they were in an actual park.

When I'd read about Park Here, I expected people to behave as if they were looking at a spectacle. But instead, they set out blankets--as if they could get dirty--and were sitting on them with snacks and babies. People were lounging around, reading the newspaper and chatting. Had they actually planned to spend the day in here?

I kept thinking: They're being prepped for the post-apocalypse, when the air will become unbreathable, when grass and trees will have all been incinerated--and they're ready for it. They're perfectly willing to accept a future in which nature is reproduced in plastic and kept indoors. As long as there are cupcakes and wi-fi.


  1. Ha ha, Marty! I wish they'd project Elmer Fudd on that white wall. "Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits... huh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh..."

  2. You see the same bizarro behavior at the IKEA in Red Hook. People actually camp out on the furniture and eat while their bratty kids run amok.

  3. Next stop for this crowd will be "home".


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