Celebrating the first day of Spring by look back at our flower-filled 1994 project with Alison and Betye Saar.
Alison Saar (b. 1956, Los Angeles, CA) and Betye Saar (b.1926, Los Angeles, CA) developed the Roots & Wings garden for the Kindergarten students at P.S. 152 in Woodside, Queens. In their first public art collaboration, this mother/daughter team elected to reclaim a 40’ x 60’ unused plot of land located at the corner of the school’s playground in order to create a new outdoor classroom for the 300 kindergarten students. Their vision for the Roots & Wings garden is based on an old proverb and their desire was to “create a garden that at once nurtures a child’s sense of belonging (roots) and exhilarates with the gift of knowledge (wings)”.
images: Frederick Charles/ Betye Saar