"...one afternoon as I just gazed at the topmost branches of those immensely tall trees, I began to notice that the uppermost twigs and leaves were lyrical happy dancers glad that they had been apportioned the top, with all that rumbling experience of the whole tree swaying beneath them making their dance, their every jiggle, a huge and communal and mysterious necessity dance, and so just floating up there in the void dancing the meaning of the tree." Jack Kerouac
Who, as a child, has not "danced"
a tree, stretching young arms up to the sun? Of all the inhabitants of the plant world, trees seem most like us. They are standing, long lived creatures, taking many forms, weathering change. Trees provide us with widely shared symbols for genealogy, knowledge, and the body, illustrating metaphorically the continuity and multiplicity of life. The wood of their bodies warms us at the fire, provides us with homes, and becomes the papers for our books and art. We share with trees both a seasonal sense of the passage of time and the fibrous strength needed to withstand the many winters of life.
treehouse features the work of nine artists who explore our rich relationship with trees with wit, affinity and poignance. Metaphor invites you to take a break from winter and climb into the treehouse, a place of refuge, dreams, games and secrets.