About 6 months ago the Harmony Café – Fox Valley team embarked on a large donor recognition project – the creation of a huge tree sculpture (about 9 feet tall and 14 feet wide) made almost entirely out of recycled materials, and we have just mounted this sculpture on the wall above our cyber café. This tree was created by artist Elyse-Krista Mische with the help of a group of volunteers including Nate Milker and James Mattingly. The idea for the tree came from Audra Haas, owner of The Fire.
It is adorned with glass-fused critters (birds, leaves, ladybugs), with each critter having the name & logo of a Harmony donor of $1000 or more.
The vast majority of the materials for this project were donated/recycled – we used probably 750-1000 metal hangers from the Goodwill Shiner center that were going to be salvaged, as well as bike wheels and spokes, in the construction of the tree. The glass-fused critters were made by our Harmony team under the guidance Elyse, and were created at The Fire, an art studio that is across the street from us.
Next time you are at Harmony, make sure to check out the trees, and if you can, thank the kind and generous donors who are honored on the tree and whose support make Harmony Café possible!