Friday, 9 October 2009

Wych Elm Project Exhibition

Fiona Campbell Furniture is currently exhibiting work in the Wych Elm Project which runs for the next five months.

The exhibition celebrates the opening of the beautiful new building, The John Hope Gateway, in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden.

The Wych Elm Project is unique in that all the work has been commissioned. The Botanic Gardens commissioned six champagne trays for them to exhibit and use on opening night to serve drinks.

The Wych Elm Project follows on from two very successful exhibitions seen at the gardens. In 1993 Tim Stead used all of an ash tree from the Botanic Garden to make a huge range of sculpture and furniture. In 2001 the OneTree Exhibition brought a collection of art, sculpture and furniture made from a single English oak. The third in the trilogy is using a much loved elm tree that sadly had to be felled in the Botanic Garden.

The wood was dried out over several years and passed out to Scotlands leading craftspeople and makers to create pieces of art, sculpture, furniture and jewellery.

The exhibition also reports on the wych elm community projects that combine creativity and conservation.

Elms are rapidly disappearing from Edinburgh’s streets and parks due to dutch elm disease and the project aims to highlight the unique value of this tree and the timber it provides.

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