My Tree has made a long journey via USPS. It followed a similar path (except I took a plane, may be it did too!) across the continent back to me. I have great plans for my Tree, the next steps in its life of slow decomposition.
Here are images of how its current condition after journeying across the USA.
This is the box inside a box that my Tree was packaged in for its journey.
Wrapped in it’s box.
This is the part of my Tree that was laying on the ground for several years.
This is the part that was originally glued to the wood base.
This is the side of that was exposed to sunlight and snow for years.
This is now the top of the trunk. Originally the middle of my Tree’s trunk.
Friday was my Tree’s fifth year outside. A celebratory event was to take place. But alas Mother Nature did leave over a foot of snow on top of it. So we decided to post pone the events one day. This wasn’t going to happen. The image below shows the branches of the butterfly tree that my Tree is underneath. And the massive amount of icy snow that is currently covering the area. So… event rain check please! Good news is event documentation has been discussed. Event date to be determined.
My Tree is under there some where!
Friday, February 21, 2014 will be five years that my Tree will have been outside in northern New Jersey. Which at the moment is being pounded by Mother Nature. She is constantly dumping snow down upon it. But that is winter in the north-east.
This year I have a special plan for my Tree. It involves an idea that the backyard owner (where my Tree is) and my idea combined. I, like all of you will be attending the ceremony from a distance. As always there will be photographs and hopefully a video. There will be another move for my Tree and perhaps a digging out if it is covered by a foot or more of snow.
The life (yes it has taken on a life of its own) of my Tree will continue on and involve the USPS for delivery. Oops I let a little of the plan out! Yes this year marks the fifth anniversary outside and the eighth year of its existence, but it will be living on in more than images.
So until the celebratory post lets take a look back ….
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.
A piano is covered, but we mustn’t forget the inspirational tree. My Tree and I live further apart than ever, so I reached out to the owner of the yard it resides in to get an update. As expected all is grand and there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference since the February four year’s outside celebration. Take a look, let me know if you agree with me.
The cement and wood base of the trunk. Notice you can barely see the square piece of wood it sits on.
Major disconnection from trunk and inner base.
A view from the top of my Tree.
Inside of the trunk. My Tree is down, disconnected, but not completely flattened.
Today, February 21, 2013 is the official four year anniversary of my Tree being outside! Graciously my friend has allowed a paper tree to slowly decay back to nature the old fashion way. Or like anything in an episode of Hoarders. Although it may not be your typical rusty gold (American Pickers reference – can you tell what channels I watch on TV yet?) it is worth more than that to me.
2006 – I thought of the idea and shredded some paper
2007 – I put it all together and my Tree had it’s debut in an art show in Bloomfield, NJ
2008 – My Tree traveled for an art show in Jersey City, NJ
2009 – My Tree jumped off it’s three foot platform and got planted in Rockaway, NJ
2010 – Year 1 outside. It took seven months for the wind to knock down the top half of the trunk. Had a short move into a garden in the same yard.
2011- Year 2 outside. Moved out of the garden and next to a dog house in the same yard.
2012 – Year 3 outside. January 29 it fell. Started to flatten as the seasons passed.
2013 – Year 4 outside. The bark has totally disconnected from the base. Almost completely flat. Pictures below.
Inside the bark of my Tree
A view of the other side of my Tree
Closer view of base and bark of my Tree
View of disconnected base of my Tree
Aerial View of my Tree on 4 year anniversary.
Winter storm Nemo hit the north east last night and covered my Tree with snow. You can see in the picture below that a little of it is peeking out from beneath all that snow. Not even mother nature can stop the upcoming four year celebration! Stay tuned for in less then two weeks there will be a full update on the condition of my Tree. Slow recycling.
The brim of my Tree is peeking out beneath Nemo’s snow.
Did U No? In 19 days my Tree will have been outside 4 yrs! Mother nature sure is slow at recycling! Celebration to commence soon.