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In 2006 when I came up with the answer to a question of what to do with all the paper piling up in my apartment I had no idea it would turn into an eight year  (and counting)  project. None. But it has and my Tree is at a crossroads, or rather a cross-country adventure. You see my Tree has been removed from its outdoor home. The one it has been in/on for the last five years. Just recently it had been lifted off the ground, taken in-doors to dry and packaged carefully to make its journey and enter into the next stage of its life.

So until my Tree comes back to me I have many photos for you to view. See what wood will do when sitting outside underneath cement after a polar vortex and several years of turbulent northeastern weather.

Bark before lifted Ground after cement stump lifted Bottom of cement stump Ground underneath cement stump side of cement stump Top of cement stump Underneath Tree bark Tree Bark Cement stump Aerial view of what is left of bark Time to dry Underneath the bark Flatness of the Tree

UPDATE!

Check out the video that accompanies the above photos. Taken the same day.

 

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Today is my first non-blogathon post. So I am writing what I want and taking on all subjects at once!

First, Thursday was the first day of spring and the first day of Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando Benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes. Here is the info if you are in Florida.

WHEN: Show runs March 20 – April 11, 2014 LOCATION: CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery | Orlando, Florida, USA

Second, I have had a lot of inspiring things happen to me lately. I received an invite to assist with teaching a children’s sewing bag camp (it is 3 or 4 days)! Hurray a paid gig with the potential to run other workshops. They said I could pitch some ideas, one they did love and see if they could get it to fill. So working on that. Also got accepted to run some workshops for barter. Yay to bartering! And then today I went to a workshop for Yarn Bombing Los Angeles and was asked if I would like a tree. Who would like a tree? To yarn bomb. Even though I currently do not crochet or knit. I sew. I am going to sew some sweaters together (they gave me sweaters and yarn) and cover a giant palm tree. The one I got is tree #1, right in front of the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center (the location for the May show)! Front and center. I may also contribute some birds to their forest exhibit. Same month and location. I’ll share more info once I have it.

And I leave you with a bird I sewed this morning. I do not just patch my clothing, unless it is a sock.

Bird Patch by Amy Bauer Designs

Bird Patch by Amy Bauer Designs

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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 ….

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From 3,000 miles away I can detect it. Actually this picture revealed the colorations of the final breakdown of my Tree. This picture was taken December 22,2013. There is clear color changes on both the cement (giant circular piece that has a wooden dowel in the center and underneath a wood platform connected by screw and nut) and the trunk (whitish/now blackish paper laying north of the cement base). Is this mold? Is this a natural occurrence in the breakdown of materials left outside to decompose? The cement piece reminds me of old castles (in Europe) and old military forts (in the USA). The decay is slow, but it is there.

Strange Tint

Once again it is time to ask… will it make it to the next anniversary? Or shall I have a Viking Burial for it? just kidding. that wouldn’t be very natural of me. Or would it?!

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Snow in the NE

As I enjoy warm weather days my Tree continues to thrive in the snow. Well sort of. In this picture you can see that it has been snowing in New Jersey. And my Tree is so flat now that you cannot see it at all in this picture! For those that would like some back up info on my Tree click on the tag Tree Project.

Snow in the NE

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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

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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 cannot see the square piece of wood it sits on.

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.

Major disconnection from trunk and inner base.

A view from the top of my Tree.

A view from the top of my Tree.

Inside of the trunk. My Tree is down, disconnected, but not completely flattened.

Inside of the trunk. My Tree is down, disconnected, but not completely flattened.

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