About that Sculpture on the Bowery, and the Woman Encouraging Social Distancing

Posted on: April 22nd, 2020 at 5:05 am by

Photo: Carmen Einfinger

If you’re walking past the southwest corner of East Houston and the Bowery today, you might see a colorful sculpture dangling from a tree. It’s the work of a longtime local artist in commemoration of Earth Day (today is the fiftieth anniversary).

Artist Carmen Einfinger, who has lived at 276 Bowery since 1999, is behind the unsanctioned piece. It’s an interpretation of the Tule Tree, known as the “Tree of Life,” which is an enormous (and ancient) tree located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

“I will be sitting by the sculpture on the street and let passerby enjoy it,” Einfinger tells us in an email. “Guiding them to keep Social Distancing at 6ft and will be wearing a mask. I think it is important we create sightings during these challenging times of Coronavirus for people to enjoy and become aware.”

This isn’t the first street installation for Einfinger outside her home studio at 276 Bowery.

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