Dyckman Farmhouse Beech Tree Project
Photos of my completed project for the Dyckman Farmhouse located on 204th St and Broadway in upper Manhattan.
One of the beech trees on the Farmhouse’s property was a victim of Hurricane Sandy. Ten, 2 foot logs were cut from the damaged 95- year old tree and artists were invited to participate in a virtual art project. The open call states: “we are looking for creative individuals to transform our downed limbs into something inspiring.”
My project proposal:
Contemplating the 95-year lifespan of the beech tree I would use yarn (knitting and crocheting), fabric and embroidery to create leaves, moss and fungus to show the passage of time and the different stages of the tree’s life cycle.
The active growth years of the tree would be represented by leaves that show the progression of time and the seasons: the bright green of spring, a darker green for the mature leaves of summer, the colors of autumn and frost/snow covered white leaves.
Representing the last stage of the tree’s life, when it returns to the earth, mosses and fungus would “grow” on the limb aiding in the breakdown of the tree’s structure.