Madison Square Park’s newest installation will add a tangled Brier Patch

Maya Lin’s surreal Ghost Forest drew plenty of gawkers both online and in-person when it debuted earlier this May, transplanting a forest ravaged by saltwater intrusion from New Jersey’s Pine Barrens to Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Though Lin’s work is open through mid-November, the Madison Square Park Conversancy has already announced its successor: Brier Patch, a similarly wide-ranging piece by artist and sculptor Hugh Hayden.

Opening on January 18, 2022, Brier Patch will bring 100 intertwined wood desks to the park. Spread out across 3,600 square feet, the tangled sculpture will link each desk with branches, creating a brier patch reminiscent of the linked superorganisms that share roots

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