Parallel Walks: Creating A Community Forest: Artist Walk with Matthew López-Jensen
Saturday, August 12
Mosholu Parkway, Norwood, The Bronx
Artist Matthew López-Jensen led a slow walk through and around the future home of the Mosholu Teaching Forest. López-Jensen is a “Super Steward” for this 20-acre site and he has been building a community coalition to help restore this landscape. The walk unpacked this complicated, years-long project and along the way the group assisted with some stewardship activity. The walk also visited important trees (like one of the oldest sassafras trees in New York City), looked at bedrock, talked about edible plants, discussed what makes a forest “healthy” and saw what happens when an urban forest is abandoned. López-Jensen also discussed the artistic layers that overlap with the project and the advocacy. The walk ended at the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center (JBOLC) Community Farmers Market.
About Parallel Walks
Parallel Walks is a series of artist-led walks that take place in two locations, connected through a shared political, social, contextual, or geographic theme.