Albany Pine Bush Preserve

The 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve, located west of Albany in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens in the world. This extraordinary fire-dependent habitat is home to a diversity of life including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Recognized as a National Natural Landmark, the Pine Bush is also a local treasure used by visitors for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, and more.

Formed thousands of years ago, only a fraction of the Pine Bush survives today. In 1988, the New York State Legislature established the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, a unique partnership that works with willing landowners and municipal, state, federal, and private partners to protect, restore, and manage this globally rare, nationally significant, and locally distinct ecosystem.

The endangered Karner blue butterfly has become a symbol of the Albany Pine Bush and the effort to conserve this ecosystem. Inspired by the Karner blue, artists Matt Hart and Chip Fasciana created the sculpture Butterfly. Hart is the owner, visionary, and artisan of Hartist Metals and Feral Fly Works—Sculpture, Design, and Function in metals with endless potentials. Fasciana has shown work extensively in New York City and London, UK. He has public murals and sculptures in New York and California and his art has been featured in the New York Times and has won Masterpiece Award at the Albany Institute of History & Art for the Tomorrow’s Masters Today exhibition.

 

Magnifying Glass
Butterfly
Matt Hart and Chip Fasciana
2008
Stainless steel
Magnifying Glass
Controlled Burn at Albany Pine Bush
Digital photograph