Join us at the opening reception of Network, tree-inspired community art

Help us celebrate the official unveiling of Network, tree-inspired community art at the Barrington Area Library created by artist Barbara Cooper with the help of more than 80 Barrington area residents. The Lake Barrington office of Bartlett Tree Experts co-commissioned the piece in partnership with the library.

The event is Sunday, September 24th, 1:30 – 4 pm at the library, located at 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington. 

  • 1:30 pm Ribbon-cutting and artist talk
  • 2 – 4  pm Enjoy refreshments and a string quartet, while you experience Network and visit with the artist
  • Take home a free tree seedling, courtesy of Bartlett
  • No RSVP necessary

Network is inspired by trees and forests, libraries and communities, and our ever-deepening understanding of how all of life is networked together. From the artist:

“The idea for the piece started with the book, The Hidden Life of Trees. The awareness of how trees intersect and work together, and communicate through their roots and beneficial fungi attached to the roots. This is a fabulous metaphor for what a community is and how a library functions in the community.” 

Local residents and organizations have donated materials – some with sentimental value – and time via community workshops to help create colorful handmade ropes that make up Network. The finished piece will consist of those community-made ropes suspended between the pillars of the library’s soaring atrium in an extensive web above visitors’ heads. Visitors will be able to gain a different perspective by viewing the artwork from above on the balcony.

Network is scheduled to be on exhibit for a year, during which time a variety of related programs and activities will take place at the library, including talks by Bartlett arborists. Mark your calendar for the fall programs, which appear on the first two pages of the library’s latest newsletter.

See you on the 24th!

About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has locations in 27 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, pest and disease management, fertilization and soil management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut.

For more information, contact:

Christine Esposito

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