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Jean Shin's "Fallen" At Olana

Fallen by Jean Shin at Olana - large Hemlock tree truck covered with a sewn new skin - the branch stumps protrude through planned holes - it is art
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When the artist Frederic Church created Olana’s 250-acre naturalistic landscape, he planted thousands of native trees on a hillside that had been previously logged and deforested. His plantings included the eastern hemlock tree.

The eastern hemlock tree on Olana’s East Lawn died of natural causes last year, after attempts by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation to save it. As a part of an ongoing commitment to engage contemporary artists at Olana, The Olana Partnership has commissioned the nationally-renowned artist Jean Shin to create a site-specific work in response to the loss of this hemlock tree.

"Fallen" invites viewers to reflect on this tree’s life and the cultural history of this region. The finished work will be on view in this location through October 31, part of Olana's larger 2021 collaborative exhibition, "Cross Pollination."

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