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The Singing Trees

Aspen Tree

The Aspen Singing Tree, Denver Colorado, with the theme "Who is Your Hero?". 
Initiated by Maria Feekes, carried out by Tamma and her art students at Elbert High School,
over 800 people participated from varied places - families in crisis, people in homeless shelters, people in villages in Peru and Mexico. Displayed at Denver's Welllington Webb Building
and City and County Building, 2010.

 

Apple Tree

Apple Tree, 8' x 12'
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Cherry Tree

Cherry Singing Tree, 8' x 12'
Helen S. Faison Elementary Arts Academy
Pittsburgh, PA, 2005

 

Elm Tree

Elm Singing Tree, 8' x 16'
made by 1000 students in
Rappahannock County, VA.
This was the first Singing Tree.

 

Gingko Tree

The Ginkgo Singing Tree, 8' x 12',
"What do you love on this earth?"
led by art students at Mt. Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA, made by 800 young people from the U.S. Germany, Peru and Sierra Leone. 2002

 

Linden Tree

The Linden Tree, 8' x 12',
led by art students at Mt. Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002

 

Maple Tree

The Maple Tree, 8' x 12,
led by art students at Peabody HIgh School, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002

 

People Tree

The People Tree, 8' x 8',
made by young people at an orphanage in Gujarat, India, under the guidance of Elektra Gorky

Pine Tree

The Pine Tree, 4' x 8',
made by 50 art students in Red River, Minnesota

 

Tulip Tree

The Tulip Singing Tree, 8' x 12',
"How do you cope with pain without hurting your body or breaking the law?" led by art students at McKees Rocks High School, outside of Pittsburgh, PA, made by 800 people from Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Cuba, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, 2005

 

Willow Tree

The Willow Singing Tree, 8' x 12',
“Giving Thanks”
made by 65 people, ages 5 to 15, Morgantown, W. VA, USA, sponsored by Art in the Parks, 2004.

 

DOI Willow Tree

The BIA Willow, 8' x 8',
made by Marion Hansson, Curator of the BIA's art collection, Sidney Bad Moccasin and
five other BIA staff, Dianne Marshall, Lawren Giles and Laurie Marshall,
honoring all 572 federally registered Native American tribes,
in the permanent collection of the Department of Interior, Washington, D.C., 2005


Aspen Tree

Sarajevo Singing Tree of Renewed Togetherness, 10' x 6'

15 Youth Leaders from Art Grupa in Sarajevo designed and then hosted the creation of 500 leaves for this Singing Tree. The willow stands for holding the roots together, the flowing leaves for water, tears and sorrow.  The pine tree symbolizes the evergreen persistence of the human spirit and the strength of the people of Bosnia.  On the earth is music instead of continents, the first few notes of the Bosnian anthem, chosen by the youth as a message of unity for all of the people affected by the floods. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Heregovina, 2014

 

Banyan Singing Tree of Interfaith Movement, 8' x 8'

Made with the Young Peace Leaders from 25 countries of United Religions Initiatve‘s Youth Leadership Institute. Chrissy Field, San Francisco, California, 2014.

 

Madrone Singing Tree of Vision to Action
8' x 12'

"What is your most passionate vision?  What actions are arising from your vision?"
Commissioned by Bioneers.org, led by youth, 350 people helped create this mural at the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California, 2013.

 

Jewel Singing Tree of Kindness
8' x 12'

"What does kindness feel and look like?"
Currently being created under the guidance of Julia Rose of Chicago who is using the mural as the backbone of her movie “Making Man Kind.” 2013-2014.

 

The Singing Tree of Living Waters, 4' x 6'

A mosaic made by 1200 students in Stephanie Gleeson Ripka‘s K – 6 Art Classes in Penn’s Valley Area School District, Pennsylvania and students in Ghana. The design was made by a student to honor the connection between young people in these two countries who are studying the effect of global warming on the water and diseases of their lands.  2013

 

Seasons of Hope Singing Tree – Winter of Wellness, 8' x 8'

"What does wellness look and feel like?"
Over 1,000 youth from all socio-economic backgrounds in Marin County, California participated in the first-ever countywide and international mural project led by homeless and at-risk youth. The mural is the culmination of a year-long project spearheaded by 60 youth who engaged over 20 schools and organizations. Ambassadors of Hope  and  Opportunity partnered with Unity Through Creativity to create a visual model of joyful cooperation rooted in nature.   The  structure of the murals is inspired  by the Shift  Network’s vision  of  2012  -  The  Winter  of  Wellness,  the  Spring  of  Sustainability,  the  Summer  of  Peace  and  the  Autumn  of  Abundance. 2012.

 

Seasons of Hope Singing Tree – Spring of Sustainability, 8' x 8'

"What does sustainability look and feel like?

 

Seasons of Hope Singing Tree –Summer of Serenity, 8' x 8'

"What does peace look and feel like?"

Seasons of Hope Singing Tree –Autumn of Abundance, 8' x 8'

"What does abundance look and feel like?"

Diversity Singing Tree, 8' x 8'

Made by Debra DeLap Palmer of Morgantown, West Virginia, with her elementary students. 2012.

 

Diversity Singing Tree

Made by Sonda Folk Cheesebrough with her elementary students at Monongalia County Schools in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Each leaf represents a different species of tree, to symbolize different cultures, races and personalities. 2012

Navitika Singing Tree of Fiji, 8' x 8'

Created by art teacher Debora DeLap Palmer of Morgantown, West Virginia.  Her elementary students made the parts in West Virginia and she brought them to Fiji where the children filled them in, completing the mural in a week, 2012.

Redwood Singing Tree of Biodiversity, 8' x 14'

“How do we honor the diversity of life and cultures in our community?” 
1300 people in the A.P. Giannini Middle School community created this 14.5' high x 8' wide, honoring the different life forms in the eco-system that the students live in. The DNA is interwoven with the tree trunk, an idea from a 7th grader to symbolize that human beings are part of the natural world. 2011.

 

Singing Tree of Life, 8' x 8'

“What inspired action are you bringing home from this training?”
Made in one day with 85 young peace leader from 26 countries at the Institute for Civil Leadership in Vancouver, Canada, 2011.  The students shared the trees of their countries and decided to make a tree with leaves from different trees.  They invented a new tree. The yin-yang includes thumb prints from all 85 participants.

 

Sycamore Singing Tree of Possibilities, 8' x 12'

“What is your vision of a positive future?”
All the parts of this Singing Tree were prepared by the Dawn Weikum’s art students of A.P. Gianinni Middle School in San Francisco. 8th grader Rebecca Ray came up with the design, using the light to represent possiblity.  It was commissioned by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and will be completed at San Francisco’s Earth Day celebration. 2011

 

Maple Singing Tree of Change, 5' x 9'

Commissioned by Oakland, California ‘s Family Partnership Program with social services and families they serve, 75 people participated in a three hour session with theme of “Celebrating Family”, 2011.

 

Cypress Singing Tree of Peace, 12' x 24'

What does Peace look like to you?”
600 middle school students at Everett Middle School in San Francisco helped make this Singing Tree, as Unity Through Creativity partners the Create Peace Project. The school lost a student to violence ten years ago and has since then, dedicated one week a month to the development of a peaceful culture.

 

The Fig Singing Tree of the Child, 8' x 10'

“What is your wish for children?”
Artists, elders, elementary, middle and high school students in Novato, Oakland and Santa Rosa, California, survivors of the child sex trade in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand  and children in Palestine all contributed. 2010

Oak Singing Tree for Autism, 3' x 4'

“What do I pay attention to?” 
“What is my wish for autism?"
A virtual Singing Tree, all those affected by Autism are invited to creatively share their sparks and challenges, envision a positive future, and share knowledge about Autism by sending a photo or jpeg of a work of art to here.

Bay Laurel Singing Tree of Worldview Literacy, 8' x 4'

“What is your wish for Worldview Literacy?”
Connected educators and healers from 5 countries (US, Canada, Australia, Holland and Germany) to spread the concept of Worldview Literacy.  75 participants. On display at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA 2010.

   
   

 

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