Some background on the To Be As One Tree project.
Three creatives, June (poet and author), Kalen (collage and mixed media, painting) and Sheridan (digital and visual arts) conceived an idea to contruct a paper/ sculpture to represent the unity of humanity and to explore the metaphors of trees in the Baha’i Writings.
Rather than making it alone they decided to make it a participatory art project in which everyone in their Brisbane neighbourhood could participate.
Kalen has designed and constructed the cardboard trunk, and the community have been invited to make the leaves to go on the tree.
Each leaf will be covered in art, poetry, wisdom, tributes to the Bab.
Paper for this purpose is being distributed, and families, core activity groups – Junior Youth and Youth, as well as the sector Feast and devotionals are all invited to make leaves.
June found a series of quotations from the Baha’i Writings, people could use for inspiring the spirit…
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I LOVE interactive/ participatory art!
There is a little place where I live that turns a tree in their front yard into a “wishing tree” once a year ( when our local arts festival is on). People write their wishes down on a little slip of paper and hang it on the tree in the hopes that their wishes will be granted before the next year 🙂 I know that’s not quite the same thing, of course, but it always makes me smile to see it. I like to read the wishes and hope that they come true for the people who wrote them! I like to think that something created by many like that has a certain kind of magic to it 🙂