Time Landscape

Alan Sonfist's Time Landscape sculpture at the intersection of West Houston Street and LaGuardia Place in New York City's Greenwich Village represents this pioneer of the 1960's Earth/Land Art movement's signature concept of bringing nature back into the urban environment and of exploring the historical dimension of natural, alongside social and cultural, life. Time Landscape is a replanted, pre-colonial forest in the heart of the modern metropolis which reveals the physical environment of Manhattan before the city was settled by Europeans in the 16th century. Time Landscape was proposed by the artist to the city in 1965, physically completed under Mayor Ed Koch in 1978, and landmarked by Parks commissioner Henry Stern under Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1998.