The wood-art installation “what lies beneath” is currently at the Cornell Botanic Gardens @ Cornell University from March through August of 2017 and is coming to a close. Most of the art exhibited was crafted primarily from wood obtained from the Botanic Gardens Collections and from the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. It is a great honor to be able to utilize wood that has been pruned or from trees that have been removed due to storm damage or decay. A perfect symbiotic relationship that allows me to reuse wood that would normally be chipped up into mulch.
It is all about discovering the mysteries of “what lies beneath” the surface of not just a tree or a piece of wood, but to show the beauty and uniqueness in each piece, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of seeking depth in all that surrounds us in order to better understand our natural world, ourselves and others.
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This cross cut disk from the Big Leaf Magnolia that was removed exhibits the brown decay in the center of the tree, with the green heartwood that is left, surrounding that decay. At the top of this sample is something called Rams Horns where the tree sends hormones to an area of injury to heal and the woundwood grows rapidly and curls and cracks. Fungus then follows the cracks. In this case, it happens to look like two manatee heads kissing. This tree was trying to heal itself to contain the decay within.
In the Exhibit…
This Arts Project is made possible, in part, with funding from The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.
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