11Recurso 21

Thomas Paine Park,
Manhattan, NYC

25 June /
/ 1 November 2022

Singular view of one of Jaime Miranda-Bambarén’s thirteen Seeds,
installed in front of New York State’s Supreme Court and the United States District Courthouse,
close to the very entrance of the subway station, next to Thomas Paine Park,
in the immediate whereabouts of the African Burial Ground National Monument and
the Triumph of the Human Spirit, Lorenzo Pace’s sculptural homage to the Middle Passage
(Photographer: Gustavo Buntinx)

Jaime Miranda-Bambarén exhumes
the truncated roots of plundered trees
in the Peruvian highlands.

These are centennial eucalyptus, planted in viceregal times,
razed by our degrading “modernity”.

By transforming such remains into Seeds,
Miranda-Bambarén affirms, to be sure, an ecological claim.
But, above all, he projects a metaphysical vision,
a resurrectional act:
to grant those desecrated remnants a symbolic dignity.

And to transfigure those fields of sown death
into breathless, but almost breathing images of life.