The Blue Tree project is a series of experiments and artifacts which engage the removal of a tree from the California State University San Bernardino campus. The loss of this Aleppo pine has been deemed necessary to develop a new station on the line of the more efficient sbX (Bus) Rapid Transit system.
The final artwork will integrate images of the tree into glass windshield panels within the new structure. The subject matter for the imagery is based on a series of actions and observations between us, the tree and the students and teachers from The Department of Art.
The goal is to give the tree a second life through research projects and creative studies which place the subject in a variety of venues. The first will take place with the tree on site, where it will be trimmed to form a cube matching the dimensions of its second temporary venue within Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art. The second is the painting of the tree to sky blue, wherein the tree becomes a barometer to local air-quality and is studied and documented over its remaining standing period. The sequence of experimental studies which then take place will be both qualitative and quantitative. These studies are the subject of the exhibition and content for the future artwork within the shelter.
The loss of the tree has been a difficult subject for most of us involved in the project’s process. However, we all agree its reinterpretation has sparked the beginnings of a new life cycle.