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5 years ago
5 years ago
A fleeting glimpse of Eden

The death of a grand earthwork garden in the Lower East Side, New York City, USA -

A beautifully poignant montage of the creation and ultimate destruction of one man's artistic vision: "It would have been better to have killed me and left the garden."

This film short  `Adam Purple and The Garden of Eden' is by Harvey Wang

(Sorry if this Vimeo is not supported on some mobile devices. If not, hopefully this  `Adam Purple and The Garden of Eden' link will work!) 

  1. mads2cents 

    Ian, this is really a wonderfully done and poignant montage. Adam Purple was an activist and artistic visionary and sadly, he passed away in 2015. He was the originator of the urban garden movement in the US that began in the 1970s. When I was still living in New Jersey, a friend of mine who owned an organic food store began a community garden based upon what Adam Purple was doing in New York City, and I worked on that garden along with many others planting crops that everyone shared. Adam put his heart and soul into his Garden of Eden, a creation of beauty and function that served his community and transformed the urban decay of the Lower East Side. It definitely should have been recognized as an earthwork and not destroyed by the City. Thank you for sharing this film.


    1. lostboys 

      Thanks Madilyn. I definitely missed the man as it was some time later before I discovered the Lower Eastside... but would loved to have met him.