Last September, at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show in Armonk, NY, a community art project was started. The organizers of the show wanted a Hands On Art project for the attendees, I wanted to conduct a community art project that used repurposed materials and both wanted to emphasize the need to reduce the use of single use plastic. The stars aligned!
I chose the symbol of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show as our image and a local framing shop prepared our plastic canvas.
I sketched the tree outline on the canvas; cut out leaves from green plastic bags and squares and rectangles from orange, red and yellow plastic bags.
For the two days of the show visitors happily participated by gluing and stitching pieces of plastic on to our canvas.
I took the canvas back to my studio at the end of the show and added more plastic leaves and background pieces.
Several stitching sessions were arranged at the local library where the show attendees and volunteers were invited to come and stitch the details on the tree.
I returned the canvas to my studio again for the finishing touches.
And finally this weekend, in conjunction with Earth Day, the Armonk tree was revealed! It will be installed in the lobby of the North Castle Public library for all to enjoy. This is the library whose programs are funded by the Armonk Outdoor Art Show.
Please enjoy the photos of the progression of the tree: