How can we achieve balance between urban development and green space? That's the question being asked by Trees for Art, a fundraiser that's using art to raise money for the preservation of NYC's green spaces. The fundraiser begins tomorrow, with a pop-up exhibition of pieces from ten artists whose work examines the relationship between nature and the city. The gallery, located on the High Line at 14th street, is free from 10am to 6pm.
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The diverse collection of donated works includes oil paintings, photographs, digital prints and mixed media. In artist Kathleen Vance's piece, "Gifford's Forest," for example, green shoots sprout out of the top of an open suitcase, symbolizing the way New Yorkers often experience greenery: in cultivated snatches. After the art is displayed at the High Line, it will be auctioned online through the Bridgette Mayer Gallery on October 31. Proceeds will be split between four not-for-profit environmental organizations: New York Restoration Project, Friends of the High Line, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Trees New York. Replicas of the work can also be seen in the windows of TD Banks throughout all five boroughs until the end of the month.