Installation by conceptual artist Lee Mingwei on view at the Brooklyn Museum

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BROOKLYN, N.Y.- Lee Mingwei: “The Moving Garden,” an installation comprising a forty-five-foot-long granite table with one hundred freshly cut flowers that appear to grow out of a channel that runs the length of the table, will be on view in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum from October 5, 2011, through January 22, 2012. Created by New York-based artist Lee Mingwei, this interactive installation invites visitors to take a flower when they leave the Museum, on the condition that they make a detour on the way to their next destination and give the flower to a stranger as a gift. As the day wears on, the flowers at the Museum disappear, one by one. The next day, the flowers are replaced and the cycle begins again. The artist was influenced in part by reading Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, when he became intrigued by the beneficial effects of gifts, both on those w