TreeTalk: Birds Hill Park—2019 Winnipeg Folk FEstival
As part of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, I did another iteration of my TreeTalk project, where I wrote poems and hung them from a cottonwood on the festival site between the handmade village and the family area. Collaborating with festival-goers, I sat in the shade and created a second set of leaves for the tree with paper and yarn.
TreeTalk: Birds Hill Park was site-specific and so included poems about the bird’s foot trefoil at the foot of the tree to buzz of the pine sawyer beetles in the neighbouring trees. It absorbed the severe thunderstorm warning and the daze of four hot days as well as the drawings of children and the confessions of adults.