an art installation by
Mary Abma, Peggy DeVries and Marcia Lea
Assistants: Icua Read, Zabi Aslamzada and Skye Bradie
Location: Hampton Park on Island Park Drive.
Materials: ash wood chips, ash ashes, ash leaves, beet dye, acrylic paint, glass bowl, and ash log
Created: June 2015 in Ottawa, Canada
Hampton Park, Ottawa. This old stump from a towering ash tree was to be the location of our installation.
Today was the day! And what beautiful weather we had! We couldn't have asked for better. We were thankful to welcome Icua, Zabi and Skye on board to help us with all of the work.
As soon as we arrived, we began work on the stump. We had purchased a glass bowl, which we set in the hollow in the centre of the trunk. First, we placed the ash that was created by burning ash logs in the centre of the d
Once the bowl was in place, we filled it with water. The final touch was to float pressed ash leaves on the surface of the water. They, too, were placed in a circular pattern.
In order to highlight the D-shaped exit holes created in the trunk by the ash borer, we painted them green. It was during this process that I noticed that one of the holes was not empty. I carefully peeled away the bark to reveal the body of an ash borer that had died while trying to emerge from the tree.
We found the remains of an emerald ash borer in our stump!
Check out this great video
Thank you to Davis Art School, Ottawa, and to the National Capital Commission who helped to make this project a reality.