There is an art in every aspect of communication: the art of listening, the art of self-expression, the art of interpretation, and the art of collaboration.
The art of communication allows us to share intellectually, emotionally and interact socially, giving communication a wide range of creative uses as an art form.
Welcome to the communiTree, an interactive, site-specific installation for creative and interpersonal communication.
communiTree was created for the 2014 Studios Without Walls temporary sculptural exhibition in the Fredrick Law Olmstead Emerals Necklace Riverway Park (near the Riverway MTBA stop on the Green D Line). This exhibition ran from April 26 - May 1, 2014.
Visitors to the communiTree were invited to arrange the words and images clothespinned to the tree to creatively communicate, connect and collaborate with others.
Messages were photographed, interpreted and recorded regularly. People were invited to stop by, play and enjoy interactive community art in their park.
Scroll down to see selected posts from this exhibit.
Saturday, April 26
Sunday, April 27
Monday, April 28
Tuesday, April 29
Three days of stormy weather are predicted, with big gusts of wind and lots of rain. This evening when I visited the communiTree a number of pictures and words had blown off the tree and into the Muddy River. I was able to grab a long stick, and by holding onto a tree branch and dangling over the water, I pulled some to the shore (the Muddy River does not smell good up close). A student from Emmanuel College stopped by and suggested holding onto my arm while I stepped on a log in the water and retrieve the last few photos. A BIG shout out to this wonderful human being, thank you! I brought sturdy pink binder clips to replace the tiny clothes pins and hope the communiTree survives the next few days. Stay tuned.
I love the last message recorded today, "Words they fly."
Thursday, May 1
The binder clips worked and the communiTree withstood the gusty winds. People still visited and played with words and images during the stormy weather. We Bostonians are a hardy lot.
Saturday, May 3
I visited the communiTree this morning and saw a lot of people checking out art in their park. This group was gathered around the communiTree and let me take their picture.
Sunday, May 4
Today Wendy Wolf, a fellow Riverway artist and creator of the wonderful string installation "Brook Lines", shared this image of a family playing at the communiTree.
Monday, May 5
Today I discovered that a visitor had attached a laminated quote by Khalil Gibran to the communiTree. Wonderful!
Friday, May 9
Saturday, May 10
Monday, May 12
This morning while visiting the communiTree I saw tiny Chickadees visiting my other sculptural installation in the Riverway show, a vine wrapped around a tree with felted flowers, snails, bees and tiny nests stuffed with various nesting materials (hair, wool, yarn, lint). The Chickadees were chatting away to each other as they busily inspected the work and spent a considerable amount of time collecting materials from the tiny twig nests for their own lucky babies to hatch in. I was so excited to witness this and that simple and joyful moment made this work of art totally successful.
This is the final week of the Riverway show and this evening our sculptural group (Studios Without Walls) met with Kate Sosin, a reporter from the Boston Courant, a print magazine distributed throughout Boston. We toured Kate through the exhibit and look forward to seeing her article in this week's edition.
Tuesday, May 13
Thursday, May 15