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Treecycle: Artistic pieces from fallen timbers of the Royal Botanic Gardens



August 4, 2016
Ginkgo leaf forms by Grant Vaughan

Ginkgo leaf forms by Grant Vaughan

Treecycle: Artistic pieces from fallen timbers. Wood from trees that have graced Sydney’s three botanic gardens for years are turned into works of art by skilled artisans. Treecycle 2016 is a unique exhibition of these artworks, taking place for the first time as part of the Royal Botanic Garden’s 200th birthday celebrations.

Leaves by Melissa Allen

Leaves by Melissa Allen

The project is the brainchild of Garden’s Senior Arborist David Bidwell and began two years ago, with the idea of reusing timber from trees in the Gardens which had died naturally, been pruned, or been felled due to disease. Treecycle curators Leon and Ginny Sadubin engaged 45 specialised makers and artists to create fine works from the wood – some functional, while others are sculptural and decorative.

Noah's Ark by Bob Scott

Noah’s Ark by Bob Scott

The wood of 22 native and exotic species, harvested from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah, was converted into air-dried timber for the artists to work with.

Clock by Will Matthysen

Clock by Will Matthysen

Among the individual pieces on show will be chandeliers, clocks, acoustic speakers, musical instruments, model boats, and sculptures. You can buy any of them during the exhibition, unless already sold, or pick up one by auction from a selected offering on the opening night. All works carry detailed information regarding the provenance of the wood used to create the piece on exhibition.

“The creations reflect the extraordinary diversity possible when skilled artisans work with such interesting timbers. The result is a very individual response to the workability, density, grain and nuances of colour inherent in each piece of timber.” Ginny Sadubin


Treecycle 2016 will run from Friday, 12 August until Sunday, 21 August 2016 in the Moore Room at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.

There is an Opening Night Event on Thursday, 11 August 2016 from 6pm to 8.30pm. $55 including refreshments. Details contact (02) 9231 8182.

Organised by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Garden.


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