31. Gardens as Cosmic Terrains at Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood cemetery catacombs
Green-Wood Cemetery catacombs, where ens as Cosmic Terrains is located.

On May 7, Green-Wood Cemetery will begin presenting Heidi Lau’s Gardens as Cosmic Terrains, a sculpture installation located in the catacombs. As Green-Wood Cemetery’s first-ever artist in residence, Lau was selected from more than 1,000 other candidates and currently resides in the cemetery’s Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. 

Gardens as Cosmic Terrains features ceramic sculptures hanging from the catacomb’s skylights, drawing inspiration from funerary items such as urns, bells, and spirit vessels. Sculpture designs also draw heavily from the structure of traditional Chinese gardens and the themes of nostalgia, memory, Taoist practices, and the history of Macau, where Lau spent her early years. The installation will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July 3, 2022.