Three years in the making, Treecycle is an exhibition of works created literally from tree to fine finished object, using wood salvaged from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah in NSW. The exhibition is timed as part of the 200th birthday celebrations for the RSBG.
Treecycle is the direct descendent of The Kauri Tree Project (2010), also curated by woodworkers Leon and Ginny Sadubin. The latter exhibition utilised wood from kauri pines (Agathis moorei) in the RSBG that had died from the activities of flying foxes. The wood used for the Treecycle project was sourced trees that had died of natural causes, been pruned or felled due to disease. The 15–20 trees used comprised a variety of exotic species and were milled into flitches and boards by Canalpie Timbers in North Richmond, NSW.
The 45 makers selected range from well established, mid-career to emerging woodworkers and are mostly local to the RSBG however two international makers have also created works for the exhibition.
Over 300 items have been produced and include an array of furniture, sculptures, turnings, musical instruments, toys and artworks. All work is for sale and the proceeds generated will be shared by the makers and the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens.
Treecycle can be viewed at Moore Room and Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney from Friday August 12–Sunday August 21, 2016. Admission is free.
For general information and August 11 opening night ticket purchase phone 02 9231 8182.
More information at: www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
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