Beloved Lower East Sider Adam Purple passed a few weeks back, and a 4-year-old video tribute made to him has just resurfaced.
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
The short film’s creators Harvey Wang and Amy Brost would like you to donate to Adam Purple Burial and Memorial Fund.