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One Tree 2019
This year is the biggest portfolio yet, with more than 80 individual and original works. Each is unique in its interpretation and style, with artworks varying dramatically in scale and design – from furniture to musical instruments, wooden creatures to performance-based art and poetry – with a unifying theme of honouring the tree’s remarkable heritage.
The Tree’s History
Around 1815, an indigenous Big Leaf Maple tree began to grow in the Chemainus Valley, in the traditional territory of the Halalt First Nation. The river was full of steelhead, trapped in weirs to provide a rich food source to the inhabitants of the land. Chemainus was settled by Europeans starting in 1858 as a logging town, and by 1865 a house was built near the tree. At this point the oneTree was around 50 years old and touched the lives of great adventurers, naval heroes and after 200 years of bearing witness to the history of Vancouver Island, the tree’s life is now entrusted to our community to create new stories and memories.