Filmed over the course of five years, The Trees documents the journey of over 400 Swamp White Oaks from their temporary home in New Jersey to the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. Through the stories of those who design, plan, and construct the Memorial, The Trees explores the evolution of one of the world’s most innovative “green” roof gardens. The film shows public reaction to this lasting, yet ever-changing memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks. A visual meditation on seasonal changes and the possibility of rebirth, The Trees asks how we memorialize and remember.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
830 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10065
After the screening there will be a panel discussion, including:
Scott Elliott, Director
Scott Elliott was editing his first PBS documentary twenty blocks from the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 and knows many people who lost loved ones in the attacks. The Trees combines his interest in architecture, urban design, and gardening.
Paul Cowie, President of Paul Cowie + Associates
Paul founded Paul Cowie + Associates, a professional consulting firm providing expert advice in the preservation, enhancement and long-term management of shade trees and urban forest resources. Paul’s personal areas of expertise include assisting in the development of innovative and sustainable urban planting designs, site-appropriate species selection, tree inventories, and community forest management planning.
Matt Donham, Founding Partner of RAFT Landscape Architecture
A former partner at PWP Landscape Architecture, Matt Donham worked tirelessly to achieve the elegant subtlety of the National 9/11 Memorial amidst the unparalleled political and physical complexity of the World Trade Center site. Recent projects include the multi-modal greenway vision for Queens Boulevard, the garden at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the colossal living sculpture Split-Rocker with artist Jeff Koons.