The Tree Project


In case you folks hadn’t noticed, I have a soft spot for inclusive art projects.  Artists who reach out to form  a community with other artists (and non-artists),  projects which involve a back-story or those seeking  to create a bridge of some sort are appealing and inspiring to me.  One project I came across-quite by accident- is the Tree Project (click to learn about the project and the show at the Horticultural Society of New York).

My seedlings...
My seedlings...

This is a fascinating project and involves communication with the executing artist who then sends you Hibaku tree seeds for you to nurture and grow.  Hibaku trees hail from Hiroshima and represent  the varieties of trees that survived the A-Bomb.  The artist, Hiroshi Sunairi, tells a bit about the project:

In the winter of 2008, from a tree Dr. Riki Horiguchi in Hiroshima, I received seeds of Round Leaf Holly, Persimmon, Chinaberry, Firmiana simplex, Japanese Hackberry, Jujube trees that are the second or third generation of Hibaku Trees.

I have been giving these seeds to the ones that are interested in planting them both in the US and the world. By sharing these seeds, I would like to share the pleasure of growing plants, especially the plants from Hibaku seeds.

 

I am honored and very happy to be participating in the Tree Project . I received my seeds early last week and they have been carefully planted.  Though way too early, I check on them regularly-just in case.  The nurturing and care of something as significant as these seeds, for me, is a wholly wonderful responsibility.  It is odd to quote a childs movie, but a song  from Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang has stuck with me since I was little, but “From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success”, when you think about it, is a wise and applicable choice.  To bring unity of purpose within a symbolic transplantation of tremendous strength and renewal is a very beautiful thing.

So, “grow the roses”! Or in this case, grow the Hibaku trees…

 

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A long overdue update on the IBP


The morning after a storm is always a great time to go for a bike ride-well, at least I think so.  For my midmorning break I hopped on my dandy green Schwinn and set off.  Fridays are especially fun because you can find any number of tag sales taking place.  With a few bills in my pocket (all ones-all three of them) my challenge was to come home with change and with nothing more than what I could carry in my hands.  Mission accomplished!  The best find, for me, was another vintage iron for the Ironing Board Project.  At $.50 I couldn’t not buy it!  The ride home got me to thinking though.  This project, which is important to my, has been marginalized by other commitments, projects and interruptions.  It is time to remedy that!

If you aren’t familiar with it, the IBP is a long term project that began as a one time performance piece and evolved into a passion.  My hope is to see this performed and to grow to at least one hundred (yes-100!! or more)  participants with multiple performances.  You can get more info on the IBP by clicking here aaaaaaand here.   I thought a few images from the 1st performance would give you a better idea (besides the ones on the other page).

(Please note that the fantastic images are courtesy of Tracy May Fouts Photoraphy.  She is an amazing young photographer and a really neat person!)

If any of you out there have questions, please feel free to contact me anytime!  I am looking for more participants and places to show the IBP.