Courtesy: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
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Sleeping Tree

Reston, Virginia

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto (

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), 12001 Market Street, Reston, Virginia, 20190
Date:  2008
Placement:  community centers
Collection:  Reston, VA
Artwork Type:  environmental art
Material:  organic material
Description:  Sleeping Tree was in part an undertaking called the Global Tree Project by artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto. He seeks to connect viewers with nature in his site-specific works, and this two-year project with a 25-ft dogwood tree accomplished his goal by exploring the themes of life, rebirth and regeneration at several sites with a rescued tree. From its uprooting at a construction site, to its temporary home in a parking lot, to a five-week stay at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), and eventually to its final resting place at Dogwood Elementary School, Sleeping Tree was a community effort. At each stage, it exemplified some form of human involvement with nature, be it the effect of construction on the tree’s habitat, the willingness to rescue it, the drive to turn it into art, and the understanding that it can teach lessons both inside and outside the classroom. It remains one of the most unique works exhibited at GRACE. Temporary project.

Sponsors: Arts Council of Fairfax, Greater Reston Arts Center, Public Art Reston, Dogwood Elementary School

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