Crafting Your Experience

ChicagoArt & Theatre
Chicago Sculpture International

Chicago Tree Project

In an effort to reclaim some of the thousands of trees that have been lost to diseases like emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease, Chicago artists have gone forward with transforming these hulking remnants into something new, that speaks to a new type of public art. Some sculptors want to draw attention to the large amount of trees dying, others want to create a symbol of new hope, a shelter for animal life. Some want to remind others to reduce their carbon footprint-ease your foot off the pedal. Discover the stories behind these sculptors, and just maybe they’ll inspire you to create your own interpretations of urban nature.

  • 1.

    Ron Gard

    Ron Gard

    Meet Ron Gard, an artist who’s been designing and crafting a variety of props, sculptures, rooms and exteriors for movies and commercials for his company Ron Gard LTD.

  • 2.

    Taylor Wallace

    Taylor Wallace

    Taylor Wallace is sculptor who creates installations and large scale artwork.

  • 3.

    Cheryl Williams

    Cheryl Williams

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    Marc Schneider

    Marc Schneider

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    Nicolette Ross

    Nicolette Ross

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    Jim Long

    Jim Long

    As a member of Chicago Sculpture International, & participant in the Chicago Park District's Art Initiatives, Long has been creating art from condemned trees for some time and is one of the artists involved in The Chicago Tree Project, bringing new life to old trees.

  • 7.

    Indira and Karl Johnson

    Indira and Karl Johnson

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    Margot McMahon

    Margot McMahon

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    Kara James

    Kara James

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    Karen Gubitz

    Karen Gubitz

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    Mia Capodilupo

    Mia Capodilupo

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    Vivian Visser

    Vivian Visser

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