New York City Tree Alphabet
Katie Holten is creating a New York City Tree Alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet is given a corresponding tree. For example, A = Ash, B = Birch, C = Crabapple.
Trees are drawn from the NYC Parks Department’s existing planting lists, as well as species being planted as a result of the changing climate.
The New York City Tree Alphabet is an alphabetical planting palette, allowing us to rewrite the urban landscape. New Yorkers will be invited to write words, poems, messages, or love letters. We’ll select some of these messages to plant with real trees around the city. Planting will begin in Spring 2019.
Currently an artist in residence with the New York City Urban Field Station, Holten is creating the NYC Tree Alphabet as a way to increase ecological literacy about climate change, urban conservation, and local engagement with Nature.
The project grows from Holten's book About Trees (2015) and her public artwork Tree Museum (2009) which linked trees with community members telling their individual stories and was commissioned by NYC Parks, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Wave Hill to celebrate the centennial of the Grand Concourse in 2009. Ten years later, in 2019, we will plant with the New York City Tree Alphabet. Join us!
COMING SOON: The NYC Trees font will soon be available to freely download, allowing everyone to write a love letter to NYC, in trees. Please check back!