Developer’s Midnight Fantasy

Hi Digger, 2021, on birch plywood

The Developer’s Midnight Fantasy is, a community event that invites visitors to consider the fragility of nature through an imagined clear cutting of the Ashley Schiff Preserve. The staging asks participants to question their assumptions about the permanence of forests, and welcomes consideration of our connection with nature.  The setting of The Developer’s Midnight Fantasy is in the 26 acre Ashley Schiff Preserve at Stony Brook University and represents one of the last uncut forests in the area. This forest contains a grove of old growth chestnut trees.  The Developer’s Midnight Fantasy will position life-sized cutouts of heavy-duty construction machinery in & around the forest next to the native trees & flora. 

The project will visualize how nature can be transformed overnight into yet another development or carpark. With green open spaces being safer than urban environments Covid has made us recognize the importance of forests.

Ashley Schiff Preserve has no official protection. Its “Forever Wild” designation is in name only.

Legislation to designate the preserve a state park, has not yet been passed.

Puma, Video still

The Goat + flute, Video still

The fox + Trumpet 

In studio Photographs by Cliff Baldwin
© Annemarie Waugh 2022 — New York