It started as botanical sharing: In 1728 when he was 29 years old, John Bartram (1699–1777), a third generation Pennsylvania Quaker, bought a 102 acre site in the Philadelphia environs and developed it into an arboretum, Bartram’s Garden. He began sending seeds and plants to European botanists and collectors in wooden boxes.
Bartram’s work has come full circle today, 286 years later. Artists from around the world, having studied Bartram’s life and those of his children who carried on Bartram’s legacy, have lifted creations from the devastation rent by a severe 2010 storm in Bartram’s Garden. We now offer these works to an appreciative public as Bartram’s Boxes Remix.
After the storm, The Center for Art in Wood joined with Bartram’s Garden to learn about John Bartram and his mission and offer artisans the opportunity to be inspired by his work and his methods. The 40 artists created diverse works that express Bartram’s voice and his dedication. Essayists put the works in context.
Their work is in these pages, the finished pieces and the processes they used to arrive at their goals. Illustrated in 248 photos are the applications of their imaginations and the results of their fine craftsmanship.
Hardcover: 175 pages, full color
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Copyright: 2014 by The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA