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Mar 05 2010

The Angel Oak needs clothes

Help create a "Tree of Life" at the Children's Museum by donating old cloth.

Help create a "Tree of Life" at the Children's Museum by donating old cloth.

Provided by Samantha Siegel

Donations of cloths, textiles and scraps of fabric are needed for a new exhibit at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Titled “Tree of Life”, this exhibit is part of the Museum’s new artist-in-residence program and will focus on teaching children about sustainable creativity.

Created by artist Jennifer Van Winkle, The Tree of Life is a collaborative community art installation made exclusively of recyclable or reusable materials. Commemorating the life of the 1500-year-old Angel Oak tree, this innovative art experience will plant the seeds of environmental awareness and stewardship with the children and families that take part in its design and construction. In addition, the installation of recyclable and reusable materials reduces the need for landfill space and reduces pollution from incinerators. When the project is complete, the materials will be put back into the recycling system (or nature) to have another “life” beyond contemporary art and the Museum.

Items needed include scrap textiles, used clothing and household fabrics such as blankets and sheets. All colors, sizes and textures accepted, with the exception of sweaters and fabrics that unravel easily. Long pieces of fabric are especially needed as they will be cut for braiding and large-scale weaving. Materials may be dropped off at the Children’s Museum, located at 25 Ann Street, downtown Charleston.

About the Artist

Jennifer Van Winkle is an installation artist who creates spaces for people to go inside. Her new body of work, “Sustainable Creativity: New Experiences > Reused Materials,” involves the creation of sculptures, site-specific installations and collaborative art projects with communities. Jennifer has been an artist-in-residence at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and will be an artist-in-residence for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry from March – early June 2010.

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