Wear purple and join community gardeners, East Village and Lower East Side residents, local artists, historians and community leaders to remember and honor Adam Purple, the legendary community gardener and environmentalist at a memorial at La Plaza Cultural Community garden on Saturday, September 26th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As we told you last week, Purple, 84, collapsed and died Sept. 14, while riding his bike over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan from Williamsburg. The cause of death was apparently a heart attack. Born David Wilkie, became known most famously as Adam Purple, the man who battled New York city for ten years over a five-lot, 15,000-square-foot garden he created amid the rubble of the Lower East Side’s abandoned lots called the Garden of Eden. The garden was demolished in 1986 to build Section 8 housing.
People are invited to speak and briefly share their memories of the famed gardens godfather of the Lower East Side and his legendary Garden of Eden.
La Plaza is located at at the southwest corner of E. 9th Street & Avenue C. (For map, click here). Everyone is encouraged to wear purple and to bring a white t-shirt to tie-dye.
The memorial takes place in the middle of other community garden-focused events centered around the 4th Annual LUNGS NYC Harvest Arts Festival, so take a break from the festival to honor the man who made much of the community garden life and culture in the East Village and Lower East Side possible. For more information about the Harvest Arts Festival and schedule of events, see LUNGS festival’s web page and NYCFoodscape’s September 20, post, Head to Campos Garden During 4th Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival for Full Plate of Children’s Arts & Food Workshops.
Along with the memorial, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is hosting an exhibit remembering Adam Purple. For two weeks, the museum, located at 155 Avenue C at E. 10th Street in the Lower East Side, will display photographs from the community, a film by Harvey Wang and articles about Adam’s life and work. Also on exhibit, will be the machine that created the famous purple footprints leading to Adam’s Garden of Eden, as well as some of Adam’s books and writing.
If you would like to donate photos of Adam to the Museum or help with either these two wonderful memorials, please let contact the organizers through the memorial Facebook page. You can also donate to Adam Purple’s memorial and green burial fund here.