TREE – Yes my Tree

So it has been a long (six plus years) since my Tree project began. The feeling of the last three years is that it will never end. In an impressive way. That it will always be there in some form. And it is. For now. It has completely disconnected from its base. It has successfully morphed from a conceptual expression to an abstraction of itself.

What have I learned from my Tree? More than uncovered composting takes longer than one would think. A lot longer. But also and more personal that you really don’t know where an idea will take you. If you let it.

Just one tiny idea. Break down into pulp all of the receipts lying around my apartment. Glue them back into the shape of a tree. That was the entire original idea. Not much.

Didn’t include having my Tree shown outside of the town I lived in. Nor sit in my friend’s back yard. For multiple years. Make videos every time it was moved. Take thousands of photos. Have a dog pee on it. Have a caterpillar crawl across the edge of the trunk. Have spiders weave webs inside of it. Have termites live underneath it. And they were eating its base. Have it buried in snow and ice. Have it stand up through wind storms. Have bears, deers, and other wild animals pass by it. Have small children touch it in wonder. Have my friend’s husband wish it would leave the yard. And inspire many of my other projects.

Below are some images of it in its current state. It is a bit hard to distinguish from the foliage. A success of its morphing ability. Camouflaged.

My Tree  - Disconnected Looks so tiny Underneath Distance Zoomed in on my Tree My Tree from other yard

Tilted Tree

Visited my Tree last Monday after I climbed behind the gigantic butterfly bush that is growing around it noticed a bit of a tilt. The Tree looks pretty much the same, just wet for it was raining that day. Then I went to the side and noticed a dramatic tilt. Now the countdown is on for the amount of time it takes for the bark to tilt off. Inside the base is cement so I know it won’t fall down all the way, but I hadn’t realized that after 2.5 years outside it would tilt. An interesting development in the circle of natural open air composting.

An unscheduled visit

I was in the area of my Tree yesterday and decided to visit it. A call to the owner of the yard it sits in alerted me to the fact that the garden around my Tree was in the process of being taken down. Unknown to me, was that they planned on moving my Tree. Thank goodness I had stopped by. I was able to video tape the move. 2 years 2 months and 3 moves in the same back yard so far. Here are some pictures of it.