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Artist gives New Yorkers one last chance to ‘smell’ the holiday season

Posted at 8:39 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 20:50:33-05

QUEENS – Whether you want to accept it or not, the holidays are officially over. However, if you take a look inside a restored factory in the Maspeth section of Queens, the season is in full swing.

Forty Christmas trees discarded and left for dead on sidewalks across Brooklyn, have found new life at the Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue.

It’s where artist Michael Neff has erected his Suspended Forest installation.

“I have a Christmas tree every year and when I moved to New York City I was surprised with how many trees were stacked up on the sidewalks after Christmas,” Neff told PIX11 News. “So I wanted to do something with them.”

That he did.

Over the course of 36 hours, Neff along with his team suspended the trees in a grid using twine, bringing the installation to life and the scent of fresh pine back for an extended run.

“I think art sometimes, people perceive it as less accessible than it is,” he said. “I feel like this is a very simple idea. You know, this is the type of thing people just want to come and see.”

This isn’t the first year for the post-holiday project. In 2012 and 2013, the San Francisco-based artist chose an underpass of the BQE as his venue for the installation.

It was torn down by the city in a matter of days but it was enough time to get noticed.

“It was a space people saw a lot and I really liked that, the opportunity for public art to be out there for folks who might not otherwise go to a gallery – they get to experience art in their neighborhood.”

If you’re looking to recapture the holiday season one last time, the Suspended Forest installation opens Saturday, Jan, 9 and will last through Jan 31st at the Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave
Maspeth, NY 11378.

For more information, visit Michael Neff’s official website.