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Tree of Life

Wander Martich's avatar Wander Martich

The process of creating the “The Tree of Life” was one of intricacy and great labor. Twenty thousand leaves were handpicked by my Mom from the “Bitter Tree” (Coutarea hexandra) in the country of the Dominican Republic. Before their arrival these leaves underwent an arduous desiccating process. During a three-month period they were soaked in different bleach baths to remove the chlorophyll. After completion of these baths a fine brush was used to complete the removal of the pigment, and they were then laid out to dry. The remaining product was the leaf skeleton displayed here today. For protection the leaves were then each coated with a protective sealant. The leaves of the “Bitter Tree” are the only leaves, presently known, able to withstand the rigors of this process without disintegrating. Apart from the leaves, fiber optics also runs through the entirety of the tree depicting the penetration of nourishment through the trunk, each branch, and leaf.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8'
  • Medium: Skeleton Leaves/ Fiber Optic Cable
  • Width: 8'
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 8'