Fallen Tree Art

Jul 23, 2012

Art Center College of Design students: photo courtesy of

Last December’s windstorm bent, twisted, and uprooted 235 trees. Some were chopped up for firewood. Some were disposed of via a tree grinder or stump chipper. One grand Oak in South Pas was leaning precariously over a neighbor’s roof; the owner partnered with a professional who cut it down very carefully and made oak planks right there on the front lawn.

Or, you can make art.

A challenge was issued by Associate Professor & Director of the Product Design Department at Art Center Fridolin Beisert: “Using the supplied wood from the Arboretum, create a concept that will be auctioned at a curated exhibit to benefit the tree fund.…Your mission, should you accept it, is to produce one or multiple designs that have the potential to achieve the highest price possible for this noble cause.”

One hundred thirty artists and artisans, young and old, still learning and with years of experience rose to the call and the  result is sculptures, furniture, bowls, and jewelry.

Tuesday, July 24th—for one day, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.—sixteen students from Art Center College of Design will show their works.

The full exhibit is scheduled from November 30th to December 2nd.

Forces of Nature Exhibit
Student exhibit: Tuesday, July 24th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Celebration Garden
Full exhibit: November 30-December 2, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,  Ayres Hall
L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
For complete info, visit or call 626.821.3222



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