film by Harvey Wang and Amy Brost
In 1975, on the crime-ridden Lower East Side, Adam Purple started a garden behind his tenement home. By 1986, The Garden of Eden was world famous and had grown to 15,000 square feet. For Adam — a social activist, philosopher, artist, and revolutionary — the Garden was the medium of his political and artistic expression. It was razed by the city in 1986 after a protracted court battle. This film documents the creation of this artwork and its ultimate destruction.
Winner of the “Neighborhood Award” at the Lower East Side Film Festival
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