High Stakes for Earth
Earth Day temporary installation Garden Grove, CA
Client: City of Garden Grove
Fifty-two wood stakes encircle a heritage sycamore tree located at a park adjacent to City Hall. Made from standard wood tree stakes, the stakes are painted in four colors (blue, green, orange, and pink) to represent the diverse members of the Garden Grove community as well as the four seasons. The number fifty-two also references the number of weeks in a year. Symbolically, the tree stakes support the tree and therefore support the Earth. The community was crucial in installing the artwork. After the art installation is dismantled, the tree stakes will be re-used by the City. Though Earth Day officially takes place only once a year, the artwork encourages every one of us to carry our kind thoughts and deeds beyond this one day, possibly to each day, week, and season of the year. We all have a high stake in the Earth’s future, which is our future as well.