The “Hope Tree” was conceptualized in 2017 during the La Tuna fire. Looking up at the ashen hillside, I wanted to create something positive, a reminder that life will sustain after the devastation. I took fallen branches from drought-stricken trees, wrapped them in recycled yarn and fabric, and stood the branch on end as a symbol of Hope for those affected by the fires. Photographer Kerry Perkins collaborated with me to capture the images.
This fall I created “Hope Trees” for students at Burbank Schools. The temporary installation of the “Hope Tree” is intended as a symbol of Hope and Positivity to welcome kids as they enter school and start their new year.
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