Woodworking Exhibit - Carve! Selected Works from the Champion Cottonwood

Friday, November 15, 2013

Boulder County Parks and Open Space is proud to present Carve! Selected Works from the Champion Cottonwood, on exhibit at the Longmont Museum from November 23, 2013 through January 20, 2014. 

From a striking full size table, to elegant bowls and abstract sculptures, the exhibition features the work of 11 Colorado woodworkers who have carved fallen branches from the Hygiene “Gentle Giant” cottonwood tree and turned them into remarkable works of art.

The tree was recognized by the American Forests organization as the Champion Plains Cottonwood tree in 1967, the largest known cottonwood tree in the United States, and it held that title until the tree’s death in 2012. While portions of the trunk remain standing, large branches began to fall in 2012. Boulder County Parks and Open Space invited Colorado woodworkers to take pieces of fallen wood from this historic tree and create work to honor its legacy.

“The Hygiene Champion cottonwood has been a magnificent landmark in Boulder County. We celebrate the tree’s long life with the creation and exhibition of beautiful work by local woodworkers,” said Ron Stewart, Director of Boulder County Parks and Open Space. “We hope that many people will visit the exhibition at the Longmont Museum and celebrate the Gentle Giant.”

The Champion Cottonwood will also live on in another way. Clones from the tree have been successfully sprouted and grown at Colorado State University. These genetically identical saplings will be planted in cities throughout Boulder County next spring. 

For more information, please visit the Champion Cottonwood Artisan Event web page or contact Karen Imbierowicz at kimbierowicz@bouldercounty.org.

Vivienne Jannatpour
Communications Specialist
Boulder County Parks and Open Space vjannatpour@bouldercounty.org

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