Ashes: The Story of Fraxinus and Agrilus Planipennis

Sam Soet's avatar Sam Soet

Ashes: The Story of Fraxinus and Agrilus Planipennis, is intended to be displayed like the skeletal remains of a deadfall ash tree (Fraxinus) after it has been decimated by an Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus Planipennis) invasion. The tool marks on the sculptural forms have been intentionally left to suggest the cataclysmic gnawing of the ash tree from the inside out. Much of the cambium layer was left exposed in order to display the paths and tunnels made by the actual Emerald Ash Borer larvae that killed this tree. Red paint highlights the mouth of the sculpted beetle and will likely remain longer than the rest of the sculptural forms as iron oxide red has long been used to protect wood from the elements and nature. The exposed wood has been treated with a boiled linseed oil finish. This natural finish provides some protection from the elements but its armor will eventually fade away in time like North American Fraxinus species if not maintained and protected.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5'
  • Medium: ash wood and concrete
  • Width: 40'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 5'