Fir tree from 150 years ago to help visitors through Arnolfini show after Arboretum felling

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 August 2012
A photo of people walking across steps made out of circular logs on water in a gallery
German artist Matti Braun's autumn show in Bristol will be accessible thanks to trees from the National Arboretum's Treefest© Matti Braun
A 150-year-old tree haunted by invasive fungus will become part of a major exhibition at the Arnolfini in Bristol this autumn after a special Tree Team dismantles it at Westonbirt Arboretum’s bark-loving Treefest this weekend.

The doomed Douglas fir will form part of Matti Braun – Gost Log at the pioneering gallery, which will have its first floor flooded so that visitors can only peruse the space by treading carefully across stepping stones made out of the tree.

A photo of a tree carver in a mask operating on a huge tree in an outdoor setting
Treesfest is an annual festival near Tetbury© Paul Groom
Organisers from the Arnolfini visited the Arboretum earlier this year, picking the fir from a list of trees identified for removal by the Forestry Commission.

“As with all trees that have to be removed as part of the management of Westonbirt's tree collection, this historic Douglas fir won't be wasted,” explained Andy Jane, the Tree Team Operations Co-Ordinator at the Gloucestershire site.

“Westonbirt's trees go on to become a multitude of things, from woodcraft, tables and flooring to woodchip for the arboretum's paths, but this is the first time we have linked with a major art exhibition. We are all excited to see how the installation will look."

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