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Back from the brink of demolition: Green Acres in Trenton, NJ

August 28, 2012

New Jersey Governor Christie has reversed a NJ Treasury Department decision to demolish the Modernist landscape installation Green Acres designed by Athena Tacha in 1985 as part of the state’s “Percent for Art” program. The site-specific work is located in Trenton, in the courtyard of the State Department of Environmental Protection offices. In April the state announced that Tacha’s architectural sculpture would be demolished—or she could remove it at her own expense. Extensive press coverage followed and the advocacy efforts of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Preservation New Jersey and ArtPride NJ lead to this welcome reversal. Focus now shifts to securing funding to restore the installation. 

For more details on the site and the preservation efforts see our 8/26/12 post

Green Acres architectural landscape, Athena Tacha, 1987, Treton, NJ. photos courtesy: Athena Tacha and The Cultural Landscape Foundation