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
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Once permissions had been secured from the various levels of government, we searched for the ideal spot to use for this on-site artwork. We chose Hampton Park and decided to use this old ash-tree stump as the centre of our piece.
This project was hosted by Davis Art School, in Ottawa.
We met the first day at Marcia's studio in Davis Art School. At the beginning of the day, the three of us sat down over coffee and had a brianstorming session. We wanted to use the stump as a base from which the shadow of the former ash tree would fall. We had access to wood chips from the ash trees that had been taken down at Hampton Park.
We discussed the shape of an ash tree and how the shadow would fall on the ground. We decided that the shadow should point east. The east symbolizes a place of birth, of the rising sun. The Anishinabe people describe the significance of the compass points on this page, which we read together. We also discussed what we would do with the focal point, the core of the stump. We decided that it should
Doing some "proof of concept" work:
Making a sign that would not blow away (from the remains of an ash tree, of course)