Madison Square Park Regulars Are Worried New Installation Will Block Their Trees

April 14, 2015 | Liam Mathews

Tree cover is important to the health of a neighborhood. But what if there’s so much (artificial) tree cover that the real trees aren’t visible and not enough sunlight reaches the ground? That’s the concern of many regular visitors to Madison Square Park, where a new overhead installation is being called too big and too invasive, according to DNAInfo.

The site reports:

“The park is not a peaceful and quiet place anymore,” said Michael Benabib, a 52-year-old photographer who has been coming to the park since the 90’s. “I support the idea of an art project but the scale is the key objection here. I don’t go [to the park] to sit under scaffoldings.”

The installation, called Fata Morgana, was designed by Teresita Fernandez and funded by the Madison Square Park Conservancy. It will run until January 10, 2016.

(Image: Madison Square Park Conservancy)