Forest for the Trees

A couple of New York City art collectors have found their calling—cultivating a magnificent plot of land in the Hudson Valley. In an exclusive video for W, the photographer Jason Schmidt tours their green acres, highlighting some of the more unusual installations that have cropped up.

Released on 1/2/2014

Transcript

00:01
(crickets chirping)
00:16
[Narrator] He walks among the trees.
00:23
It is completely quiet.
00:25
The forest is deep.
00:28
Its end cannot be seen on any side.
00:35
He has gone a long way and tries to get his bearings.
00:44
He would need to get out of the forest
00:46
and look to see where he is.
00:49
He's entirely in the middle of nature.
00:52
He turns around and walks backwards for a while.
01:00
He is looking for a way out of the forest.
01:08
He is frightened by a feeling of sudden change.
01:16
(whirring)
01:46
It is as if the forest has suddenly become denser.
01:54
Each tree is supported by wooden boards,
01:57
which are holding it in an upright position.
02:00
It would otherwise fall down.
02:02
They are chopped off at the base.
02:05
It is as if someone has brought all surrounding trees
02:08
from somewhere and propped them in an upright position
02:12
next to each other to resemble a real forest.
02:16
He turns around and again walks backwards.
02:19
The forest is again normal.
02:21
He even hears some sound, probably a bird.
02:25
The forest is still normal.
02:27
Only one tree in the distance is propped up.
02:36
He breaks into a run.
02:38
The forest is again normal.
02:42
The last propped up tree disappears
02:45
in the depths of the forest.
02:56
He reaches a meadow.
02:59
He is out of the forest and the horizon opens up before him
03:03
and behind him is surely an open landscape.
03:08
He scrambles up a hill to look around.
03:13
On the right-hand side, the tips of the trees
03:15
are again to be seen.
03:19
He climbs to the horizon.
03:22
Before him, the meadow opens out, lined by the forest.
03:27
In the center of the meadow is a large projection screen.
03:32
Dusk falls and the screen glows in the dark.
03:48
(clicking)