City Announces Rooted in Art

City Announces Event Featuring Local Artists and Historic Trees
Posted on 09/25/2020
As part of National Forest Week, the City of Charlottetown’s Sustainability Department is excited to announce the launch of a tree appreciation initiative called Rooted in Art, which will feature five temporary art installations at the site of local trees.

Rooted in Art is a collaboration between local artists and the City’s Environment and Sustainability Department and involves some of the City’s most distinctive or historic trees. The initiative will take place from October 3 – 17. This event includes a 2.5-kilometre self-guided tour, where participants will be directed to five different stops to view the trees with art installations. Each installation will have an interpretive panel with information about the tree, as well as the artist.

“We are fortunate to have so many talented artists on the island and I am so excited to see this collaboration that highlights not only the work for these great artists but also some of our amazing trees,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “This is the perfect event to participate in over a lunch break or on the weekend as a family adventure, and I encourage people to show support for these artists and check out these installations in the great outdoors.”

Trees are an extremely valuable part of the city and provide many essential services. Some of these benefits include cooling the air, blocking wind, buffering noise, and assisting with storm water management.

“Events like Rooted in Art remind us to take time to appreciate nature and the essential benefits that our local tree canopy offers,” said Councillor Terry MacLeod, Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee. “One tree alone can sequester more than 1,100 pounds of carbon, save 330 kilowatt-hours of energy, and divert more than 30,000 litres of storm water every year.”

The stops on the self-guided Rooted in Art tour include a Red Oak in Rochford Square, a Linden in Victoria Park, an American Elm at the corner of Grafton and Rochford streets, a Weeping Birch on Prince Street, and a Norway Maple, White Ash and American Elm in Connaught Square. To view the map or learn more about Rooted in Art, visit event page under Events and Initiatives tab.