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billboard advertisement for trees at bus stop, 2013

On 29 June 2013, the City of Hamtramck cut and removed around 50 large trees, many over a century old, (Sercombe, Charles. “Sidewalk repairs means some trees will have to come down.” Hamtramck Review. 23 June 2013.  http://www.hamtramckreview.com/2013/06/sidewalk-repairs-means-some-trees-will-have-to-come-down/) claiming the necessity of such actions due to a lawsuit filed against the city by a 60-year-old plaintiff who tripped and broke her arm on a broken sidewalk two years earlier (Associated Press. “Wrong address kills lawsuit over bad sidewalk, broken arm in Hamtramck.” MLive. 4 June 2011. http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/06/wrong_address_kills_lawsuit_ov.html).  However, the necessity remains disputed.  Some suggested pebbles could substitute for cement or the city could repave the sidewalks where the roots would not interfere.  Many residents did not want to see the trees removed, but trimmed.  The trees provided shade in Hamtramck, where many residents have little means to afford landscaping.  The city said smaller trees were to be planted where the large shade (mostly Maple) trees stood, however, some have doubts about the legitimacy of such plans. 

In billboard advertisement for trees at bus stop, 2013, two large trees of some of the species removed in Hamtramck are planted near a bus stop in Detroit.  A labyrinthine series of billboards makes impossible the view of both trees at once, except in photographs of each tree placed on billboards facing their respective opposing tree and through glass.  Mirrors superimpose the image of each tree onto the photograph of each tree. On one of the billboards beyond the view of the two trees planted is a photograph of a tree stump in Hamtramck.  billboard advertisement for trees at bus stop shows the perspectives of the viewer partially (re)moving trees while continuing the growth of trees removed in Hamtramck cut during the summer of 2013.

billboard advertisement for trees at bus stop is proposed for use next to a Sit On It bench (http://sitonitdetroit.com/).  The bench, in addition to functioning as a library, also could serve as gallery seating.  Almost the sole public transportation provided in Detroit, DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation) buses have seen cuts in service in recent years as part of austerity measures, leaving many riders stranded and delayed (Sands, David. “Detroit Bus Service Cuts Take Effect, Frustrated Riders Voice Concerns.” Huffington Post. 2 March 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/detroit-bus-service-riders_n_1317218.html).   Sit On It benches are made from reclamated wood taken from Detroit and enhance bus transportation, which has less of a carbon footprint than privatized transportation. 


   
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