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Transformation of oneTree Highlights 53 Canadian Artists
“My dinner with Andrew” designed by John Lore, build by Stefane Dimopoulos
This collaborative project demonstrates the large potential economic impact from artisanal use of small amounts of salvaged wood, merging art with skilled craftsmanship and an appreciation for the natural world. These Canadian artists have created over $100,000 in value-added art, with diverse pieces ranging from 9 musical instruments, 23 pieces of furniture, 2 doors, 11 sculptures, 6 bowls, 5 lights, and even 1 gnome home.
For over a century, this black walnut has been witness to the everyday life of the Rockland neighbourhood of Victoria. It spread great gnarly limbs over St Charles Manor, a heritage home that became an elderly care facility. The tree started growing roots into the soil as the world went to war, not once, but twice. The walnut’s leafy canopy became part of the character of the house and local neighbourhood. Slowly, a crack began to form and spread inside the tree. In 2016, the decision was made to take down the tree for safety reasons, and now it is being transformed by 53 artists into one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
The celebration of the oneTree and its history will inspire people to explore the importance of appreciating, protecting and maximizing the use of our local trees. In addition, this exhibit will also showcase the breadth and talent of Canadian artists and their entrepreneurial spirit.
Pieces will be on display at the oneTree 2017 exhibit at the Robert Bateman Centre from November 17th, 2017 to January 31st 2018. Each piece will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Bateman Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on art and nature education. For more information on the exhibit and the 53 selected artists, please visit www.theonetreeproject.ca.
One of the Foundation’s main projects is the Robert Bateman Centre, showcasing over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning his seven decades as one of Canada’s premier artists. Located in Victoria, BC’s dynamic inner harbour, the Centre houses a gallery and gift shop, and hosts a rotation of exhibits and a full schedule of educational and public programming. The gallery invites guests to explore their relationship with the environment and pay homage to the majesty of nature. For more information visit batemancentre.org.