Be a Part of the Art: Time Capsule for the trees
New artwork celebrating trees is coming to the Hinsdale Public Library, and you can help create it. Time Capsule for the trees will be an eight-foot-tall curiosity cabinet displaying tree-inspired objects contributed by residents.
“We’re excited about this artwork for so many reasons, especially the community-building aspect of it,” said Library Director Karen Kleckner Keefe. “Also, one of the features that distinguishes Hinsdale are all of the big, beautiful trees. This artwork helps celebrate them.”
Time Capsule for the trees is presented by the Library’s Art Committee. Committee chair, Susan Blumberg-Kason, said that when curator Christine Esposito, of The Ex.Change Project, presented the idea of a walk-in curiosity cabinet displaying tree-inspired objects contributed by residents, the committee was enthusiastic. They were further inspired when artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford envisioned realizing the concept with a wooden pod-shaped display system that would enable the objects to be visible from both inside and outside of the sculpture.
The project kicks off with “Help Your Trees Help You,” a Library program presented by Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, The Morton Arboretum, on Tuesday, March 5th at 7 pm. The evening includes an introduction to the vision for Time Capsule for the trees, along with inspiration for tree-inspired objects to contribute.
The sculpture will be unveiled on Arbor Day, Friday, April 26.
Chicago resident Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest. He is also a co-director and founder of the collective Floating Museum. His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the UCSD Art Gallery, and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces.
Time Capsule for the trees is made possible through funding provided by Presenting Sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and Sponsor Hinsdale Nurseries, with additional support from members of the Hinsdale Public Library Art Committee and Rice Veneer & Lumber Co.