Gallery - From the Roots Up: Special Trees of Dundas 2016

Hillside Ave Redbud

Hillside Ave Redbud

2016

24x20" (includes black wood frame, 26x22")

SOLD (BABIES STILL AVAILABLE!)

The owners’ story:

“When we bought our house on Hillside Avenue in 1987, we loved the large trees in the neighbourhood. One tree was particularly unique – our Redbud tree, Cercis canadensis. It is Carolinian, so it won’t survive much further north than Dundas. The heart shaped leaves offer welcome shade and delicate flowers are shaped like tiny hummingbirds. My mother makes pressed flower cards from them each year. The distinctive blooms in May spring from spots all along each branch, not in clusters. When it’s in bloom, our yard glows in a purple haze.

But the real story of this tree is the number of babies it has spawned. The prolific seedpods drop in the fall and in spring we have hundreds of Redbud sprouts. We have been giving them away and transplanting them now for 20 years, from downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls and from Oakville to Paris. Some of our friends who’ve moved houses have come back for seconds or thirds! On a recent tally, we have been able to account for about 300 babies. What started out as giving a seedling here and there grew into a guerilla gardening bonanza. A private love has blossomed into a public display!”

The Artist:

I was excited to visit this tree in person, thanks to the owner’s generous offer. After all, it lives in his backyard away from public view… which is probably a good thing, given its wanton nature.

The moon is a symbol of fertility, so I chose to portray our Redbud in full bloom, on the night of a full moon. Inspired by the tree’s fecundity, I also decided to create a number of smaller pieces to symbolize the many babies who traveled far and wide. Here's one of the six 'babies', 10x10" framed, and $220 each:

Hillside Ave Redbud, small

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