Friday, April 27, 2012

Arbor Day: Sick-Amour

TAM's California Sycamore tree, planted by Joel Tauber in March 2008 as part of the "Sick-Amour" project

To celebrate Arbor Day on this final Friday of April, I figured we would look at the California Sycamore tree right outside of our museum. It was planted in March 2008 by artist Joel Tauber as a part of his "Sick-Amour" project.

The motivation behind "Sick-Amour" is a Sycamore tree trapped among the asphalt of the Rose Bowl parking lot in Pasadena. Incapable of propagating itself in such a sterile environment, the tree had little hope of creating offspring. But, just as human activity had thwarted it, so too could human assistance help it out. So, the artist took the seeds and planted them throughout the Los Angeles area.

And Torrance is the proud caretaker of one such young tree.

Here's a trailer for the documentary of the "Sick-Amour" project:

Come down to the TAM to give good wishes to our little tree and check out some fine works of art. We're looking forward to seeing you!!!

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