The Chicago Tree Project

Gary Lehman

Shards of the Rainbow

Humboldt Park

2016-17

Shards of the Rainbow is a collection of colors, in the form of segments or “shards”, collected onto a tree and conceptualized as a spectrum of a rainbow. Each shart is a representation of our diverse population and its diverse nature and character. We should accept this diversity and see it as a beautiful occurrence. 

Each shard is a piece of reclaimed wood. This creates a life cycle for trees manufactured into lumber and brought back to accompany the living organism. This artwork is a call to reuse and re-conceptualize materials, particularly building materials, which are heavily consumed and discarded even if they are still a viable material.