This lovely white blossom tree is based on the traditional Tree of Life which crosses so many cultures. But, this tree is more than that, it is a truly powerful wishing tree. On August 1 Margaret and myself will help the community write their wishes and attach them to the tree trunk. Many more will be added during Cultural Threads in the month of August. Hidden in the leaves and flowers on the tree, and in flowers in the poppy garden underneath, the tree will already hold the wishes of the community written with the help of Sayraphim Lothian on Australia Day 2014.
The trunk is started
The butterflies are being painted and knitted
The flowers are made
Leaves have been made
It all comes together in the last week of July when on what is bound to be a cold, wet and windy day, Margaret and I will be braving the weather and working on the challenges of the installation . We can plan, think of everything(?), but you never quite know what will happen on the day. And of course there is a deadline............ the launch of Cultural Threads 2016 is on July 28th!
Meanwhile there are stories to tell about the making. Stories about working with the community of the City of Greater Dandenong and their fabulous Arts and Culture Department - the first story will be the first workshop with the Social Knitwork and the making of the butterflies.
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