Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project brings 185 banners
created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators
to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for
the tree, to make a powerful visual statement.
Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest,
most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections. Following their display, (September
1–October 31, 2006) the banners will be recycled into tote bags and sold at auction,
with proceeds going to scholarship and mentoring programs that benefit students of
the visual arts.
Some banners embody visceral responses to pressing environmental, political and social
issues. Others use the evocative power of nature to develop rich patterns and abstract
forms that delight the viewer. All contain passion, thought, and energy—qualities
that only emerge when the world’s finest creative minds apply themselves to a brief
they truly believe in.