“This is “the halfway tree”…it’s on the Trans Canada highway, halfway between Manitoba’s two largest cities. We met in Brandon 21 years ago, and now live in Winnipeg. So no matter what, it’s halfway to “home”. We love it so much, we put some of it in our wedding rings.”
~ Nicki Bruce and Vickie Milliken, two super lovely folks we met at Winnipeg Folk Fest.
One of the most rewarding things about travelling around Canada selling tree art, is the stories about trees we have heard from visitors to our booth.
So many of you have deep connections to a special tree in this country. From trees with historical significance like The Golden Spruce (sadly departed) in BC, to ones with solely personal significance like Nicki and Vickie’s…the one in which your childhood swing hung, under which you had your first kiss, the one that meant you were almost home.
Those stories inspired a project we will be working on this year called “We are a Forest. We will be travelling to each province and territory (well, still trying to wrap our heads around including Nunavut) looking for these special trees, experiencing them in person, and creating an installation that represents this amazing country through its stories of trees.
And we need your help to find those trees, while we gather materials that signify the history and culture of the people surrounding the tree along the road.
We would love to hear your tree stories, either posted here, tagged on Instagram or sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be using the tag #weareaforest for the project.
East coast! We are planning on a whirlwind trip from late April to mid May to find your trees.
Ontario! Anytime between now and June.
Everything westward, including the Yukon and NWT…early July through August.
Each story chosen to represent it’s province or territory will receive a little tree gift from us as a thank you. xo