Earth Celebrations Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens

Lower East Side, New York City 1991-2005
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Save Our Gardens Puppet by Janet Morgan. Photo by Vince Eng.

Save Our Gardens Puppet by Janet Morgan. Photo by Vince Eng.

Kidnapping of Gaia by Developers. Part of mythic drama enacted throughout the day over the entire neighborhood. Photo by Vince Eng.

Kidnapping of Gaia by Developers. Part of mythic drama enacted throughout the day over the entire neighborhood. Photo by Vince Eng.

Kidnapping of Gaia by Developers Performance at La Plaza Cultural Garden. Photo by Christopher Butt.

Kidnapping of Gaia by Developers Performance at La Plaza Cultural Garden. Photo by Christopher Butt.

Earth Celebrations Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens. An annual day-long procession visiting over 45 gardens with performance, music, dance and poetry highlighting the gardens and their struggle to survive on the city. Elemental spirits in 9th and C Garden. Photo by Christopher Butt.

Earth Celebrations Rites of Spring: Procession to Save Our Gardens. An annual day-long procession visiting over 45 gardens with performance, music, dance and poetry highlighting the gardens and their struggle to survive on the city. Elemental spirits in 9th and C Garden. Photo by Christopher Butt.

Endangered Gardens Puppet with flags of the city-wide gardens from Upper West Side, Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, and Lower East Side. Photo by Christopher Butt.

Endangered Gardens Puppet with flags of the city-wide gardens from Upper West Side, Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, and Lower East Side. Photo by Christopher Butt.

Flora and garden spirits in procession. Photo by Vince Eng.

Flora and garden spirits in procession. Photo by Vince Eng.

Sundog a rare auspicious sign suddenly appeared over the procession to save our gardens in may 1999, the day it was announced that hundreds of gardens were preserved. Photo by Vince Eng.

Sundog a rare auspicious sign suddenly appeared over the procession to save our gardens in may the day it was announced that hundreds of gardens were preserved. Photo by Vince Eng.

Puppets and procession in from of Umbrella House squat building and garden covered with umbrellas for the pageant. Photo by Vince Eng.

Puppets and procession in from of Umbrella House squat building and garden covered with umbrellas for the pageant. Photo by Vince Eng.

Gardener marking ceremonial map of the Lower East Side. Important action to urge City to recognize gardens on city maps.

Gardener marking ceremonial map of the Lower East Side. Important action to urge City to recognize gardens on city maps.

Garden Spirits in ceremony at Liz Christy Garden at Bowery and Houston. Photo by Vince Eng.

Garden Spirits in ceremony at Liz Christy Garden at Bowery and Houston. Photo by Vince Eng.

Procession with vacant buildings that were prevalent throughout the Lower East Side through the late 1990's. Volunteer carries Land Trust Petition in 1995. Photo by Vince Eng.

Procession with vacant buildings that were prevalent throughout the Lower East Side through the late Volunteer carries Land Trust Petition in Photo by Vince Eng.

Adam Purple's Garden of Eden on Forsyth Street bet. Rivington and Stanton Streets. Bulldozed January 8, 1987. Photo by Harvey Wang.

Adam Purple's Garden of Eden on Forsyth Street bet. Rivington and Stanton Streets. Bulldozed January Photo by Harvey Wang.

Garden Spirits in 6BC Botanical Garden. Photo by Vince Eng.

Earth Celebrations – Engaging Communities to effect Ecological and Social Change through the Arts

Earth Peoples Garden on 12th Street between Avenues A & B. Gardener marking their garden on the ceremonial scroll map of the Lower East Side carried in the procession. Photo by Vince Eng.

Earth Peoples Garden on Street between Avenues A & B. Gardener marking their garden on the ceremonial scroll map of the Lower East Side carried in the procession. Photo by Vince Eng.

Mendez Mural Garden on 11th Street between Avenues  B & A.  Bulldozed in 1997.

Mendez Mural Garden on Street between Avenues B & A.

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