Feral Landscape Typologies
Forest Enclosure, Johnson Avenue

This research and photography project is an attempt to develop a typology of Bushwick’s dwindling “vacant” spaces. Of course so-called “vacant” land isn’t really vacant. It lacks the all-encompassing artifice associated with consistently maintained, human-centered habitats. It’s also void of certain culturally recognized markers of progress, from cement and steel foundations masking and stabilizing the earth below, to the promise of rising property values for contiguous real estate. But it’s full of many other things. Looking beyond plastic bags, candy wrappers and the occasional abandoned mattress, the companion species that flourish in humanity’s shadow come into focus, filling these “empty” spaces to the brim.

This project lays the groundwork for the Feral Landscape Lobby by tracking and documenting “vacant” land and the species that live in and on it. The project is ongoing and will include an online map, photo database, collection of plant photos and a selection of herbarium specimens.

Feral Landscape Typologies (The rise, fall and rise of a lot at the corner of Irving Avenue and Cooper Avenue from May - October 2015)
Feral Landscape Typologies (The rise, fall and rise of a lot at the corner of Irving Avenue and Cooper Avenue from May-October 2015)
Feral Landscape Typologies (Forest to Parking Lot, Broadway and Dekalb, April 2015 - May 2016)
Feral Landscape Typologies (The journey from forest to parking lot, Broadway and Dekalb Avenue, April 2015 – May 2016)
Feral Landscape Typologies (Greater Bushwick): Fence Lesions, June 2015
Feral Landscape Typologies (Greater Bushwick): Fence Lesions, June 2015
Corner lot: Suydam St. and Central Avenue, May 2015 and July 2015.
Corner lot: Suydam St. and Central Avenue, May 2015 and July 2015.
Feral Landscape Typologies in the exhibition Kilroy Was Here at Kilroy Metal Ceiling, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Feral Landscape Typologies in the exhibition Kilroy Was Here at Kilroy Metal Ceiling, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Descriptive information included with Kilroy was Here installation
Descriptive information included with Kilroy was Here installation
Triangular corner lot: Broadway at Dekalb Ave., August 2015 and November 2015.
Triangular corner lot: Broadway at Dekalb Ave., August 2015 and November 2015.
1291 Dekalb Avenue: May 2015 and August 2015
Sandwiched lot: 1291 Dekalb Avenue, May 2015 and August 2015
Feral Landscape Typologies (Myrtle Avenue and Grove Street, August 2015 and May 2016)
Feral Landscape Typologies (Myrtle Avenue and Grove Street, August 2015 and May 2016)
Feral Landscape Typologies (Greater Bushwick), June 2015 Above: Triangular Corner Lots Below: Meadows with Painting Surfaces
Feral Landscape Typologies (Greater Bushwick), June 2015
Above: Triangular Corner Lots
Below: Meadows with Painting Surfaces