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From April 2 to April 25, Perspective Gallery will feature Joerg Metzner’s “Missing: The Tree at Greenwood Beach.”
Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi” comes to mind whenever Joerg Metzner thinks about the tree at Greenwood Beach. But it was not a parking lot that felled this tree. It was climate change that eventually led the city of Evanston to put up big, black sandbags in its place – a Sisyphean effort to stem erosion by the rising water from Lake Michigan.
In this past year of COVID-19 pandemic and political turmoil, the tree had endeared itself to many. Up until its untimely demise it stood tall in the face of adversity, resisting the onslaught of wind and waves, and becoming a symbol of resilience.
For years this tree had been a meeting spot for friends and families, a shady oasis on hot summer days, beacon to surfers and paddle boarders. Mentioning it would elicit smiles. It was a member of the community.
Some years ago it became the focus of Joerg Metzner’s photography project “Omnipotence of Dream.” At the beginning of 2020, he set out to chronicle the tree once again. The result is the series of photos in this exhibit. Mr. Metzner and many others knew what they had before it was gone.
Although the gallery is open there will be no reception. In addition to the regular gallery opening times private showings for up to 4 people can be arranged by contacting Joerg at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a Zoom conversation with Joerg Metzner at 7 p.m. on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22.
“…They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot…”
From “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell