What Do You See When a Tree Falls? by Heinrich Spillmann
Central Library, Lobby Gallery
Carved vases and chairs made from old and historic trees that have fallen around Grand Army Plaza.
The storms we’ve experienced in the past years have felled many beautiful old trees at Grand Army Plaza. In their own way, trees are records of events that can reach far into the past. The possibility of seeing exposed year rings, which might have grown along with Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War, fascinated me. The understanding that these trunks used to be the nutritional as well as structural links between the extensive crowns and the far-reaching underground root systems explained the colossal strength and energy, which they exude.
Heinrich Spillmann lives and works in Brooklyn. He studied art at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel, Switzerland and at Cooper Union in New York City. Heinrich works as an architect at Brooklyn Public Library. His work has been exhibited in Switzerland and New York.