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'Network' a New Art Installation at the Barrington Area Library is Unveiled

Village of Barrington News
September 25, 2017

The new art installation in the atrium of the Barrington Area Library was unveiled at a reception Sunday, September 24th, 2017. 

'Network' was co-commissioned by the Barrington Area Library and the Lake Barrington office of Bartlett Tree Experts. Scott Jamieson, Vice President Corporate Partnerships & National Recruiting at Bartlett Tree Experts, shared the company's passion to partner on important projects that incorporate trees and nature.  In 2007, they were chosen to plant and care for 450 trees that were planted into the World Trade Center Memorial. 

Left to right: Barrington Area Library Executive Director Detlev Pansch, Bartlett Trees Vice President Scott Jamieson, Bartlett Trees Aborists Mark Younger & Brad Buker and artist Barbara Cooper

Chicago-based, internationally-shown artist Barbara Cooper created the installation with the help of volunteer members of the community, through a series of workshops. Barbara explained how she was inspired by nature and books about nature. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, was especially impactful on her design. Barbara Cooper has completed public art commissions at other libraries including the Hinsdale Public Library, Chicago's Avalon Branch Library and the library at Florida Gulf Coast University. Learn more about the artist and her work here 

"Inspired by trees and forests, libraries and communities, and our ever-deepening understanding of how all of life is networked together. "

'Network' is composed of recycled materials donated by area residents and organizations. Mark Younger a certified arborist in the Lake Barrington office of Bartlett Tree Experts also took part in the workshops. Mark handed out Magnolia Tree seedlings to guests attending the unveiling celebration.  He is also hosting the first of three workshops inspired by 'Network':

The Root of Tree Care + Tree Walk
Sunday, Oct 8, 2 – 4 PM
Many of a tree's health challenges begin below ground. Mark Younger, certified arborist, Lake Barrington office of Bartlett Tree Experts, explains how to help your trees thrive through root care. After the presentation, we'll head outdoors to see harmlessly exposed tree roots, then take a tree walk in Citizens Park. Dress for the weather and for safe walking. Register.

BACT and BAL Discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Tuesday, Oct 10, 7 PM

In this groundbreaking work, Wohlleben argues that forests are a social network made of families just like ours – complex, supportive, competitive, and always communicating. In partnership with Barrington Area Conservation Trust – all are welcome! Refreshments. Register. Meeting Room.

Trees: The Neighborhood Builders
Thursday, Nov 9, 7 PM

Whether providing wildlife habitat, being essential to ecosystems, or contributing to the health and happiness of people, forests help build healthy communities. Jessica Turner-Skoff, Ph.D., Treeologist at The Morton Arboretum, discusses the multifaceted roles trees play in enriching the world around us. Register. Meeting Room.

The Barrington Area Library's Public Information Manager Karen McBride shared her enthusiasm for the project and how it engaged the community. She invited those that participated in the workshops to help create 'Network' to step forward to be recognized. A very enthusiastic participant, Jen Grey, threw her arms up towards the sculpture overhead and exclaimed, "I am so happy!"

After the unveiling, guests took their time appreciating the installation and enjoyed refreshments and live music performed by a string quartet.

Learn more about upcoming events at the Barrington Area Library by clicking here

New Art Installation at the Barrington Area Library by artist Barbara Cooper