Felled trees become artwork

June 23, 2005, vol. 33, no. 5
By Diane Luckow

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Two Trees, an exhibit of artwork made from a cedar and a maple tree felled to make way for UniverCity, will run at the Cornerstone building from June 22-July 9.

The display includes wooden tables, screens, doors, turned vessels and bowls, decorative hangings and ornaments, sculptures, and even a kayak all made from the two trees.

The exhibit is a collaborative initiative between the SFU Community Trust and 27 B.C. artisans that symbolically acknowledges the trees felled to create UniverCity and celebrates the creativity of B.C.'s artists.

The two trees were felled in 2003, then kiln-dried and left to dry completely on campus at the former gas station site. An advisory committee then selected 27 artists, including SFU professors Art Liestman and Keith Slessor, to form the wood into lasting works of art.
The project was coordinated by former SFU Shrum medal winner Rachel Forbes, now a planning assistant with the SFU Community Trust.

“It's my hope that this project will inspire others to think about the connection between all wooden objects and the trees from which they came,” says Michael Geller, president and CEO of the SFU Community Trust. “I expect that these art pieces will be with us for even longer than the trees from which they were cut.”

There is a special reception for both the SFU and UniverCity communities June 24, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Cornerstone building.

All of the pieces can be purchased. For more information visit www.univercity.ca/twotrees.html, phone 604-268-6649 or email forbes@univercity.ca

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