Woods from the Trees

2014

Woods from the Trees is an artwork that re-imagines a reorganized Christchurch after the disastrous quakes of 2010-2011. The basic idea was to use wood from a demo house and return it to its original botanical form... illustrating 'Nature' as being a cyclical process of change, renewal and sometimes reversion.
Wood was collected from two separate properties, sorted and fixed onto the steel frames. That was my job. Brown Bread - a Chch project/events company, drove the funding process, team development, collaboration and consents side of the project. The project took six months from house demo, to sweeping clear the pavement below the installed trees.
Materials: steel sub frame, salvaged Rimu, wire. 10m wide x 4m thick x 9m tall. Duration, a minimum of 3 years, it will be assessed periodically as the work ages, and removed when required.

Brown Bread and Gentry conceived of, funded and completed the project; with huge support from City Care, CNZ, Leigh Construction, Dept. of Conservation, friends and the great people of Christchurch. Christchurch, New Zealand.