plywood tree receipt

As most of you know, I built a 14 foot tree out of stacks of laminated plywood this Winter, planted it outside the RISD museum for the Spring, and then chopped it down and milled it back into a sheet of plywood. Last week, I completed its tortured cycle from tree to wood to paper [...]

By Christopher Robbins

As most of you know, I built a 14 foot tree out of stacks of laminated plywood this Winter, planted it outside the RISD museum for the Spring, and then chopped it down and milled it back into a sheet of plywood. Last week, I completed its tortured cycle from tree to wood to paper by returning that sheet of plywood to Home Depot in exchange for a receipt.

4 Comments

  1. rachelle added these pithy words on June 27, 2007 | Permalink

    wow. . .seriously.

    I didn’t think it would work.

  2. Christopher Robbins added these pithy words on June 27, 2007 | Permalink

    Yeah, neither did I. After a month plus sitting in the rain, it was warped as shit. Some pointed dowels were even sticking out of it like a compound fracture.

    I called Serena after I was done and she ran down to buy it back.

  3. Christy Garland added these pithy words on September 23, 2007 | Permalink

    I stumbled on this site by happy accident – what an incredibly fantastic piece that is – the tree and the resulting plywood. Very thought provoking and so beautiful structurally – I wonder what the home depot thought when you returned it? i’m glad your friend retrieved it, the plywood itself is stunning. I’ll be watching this site to see if you do anything else, I think your work is great – Christy in Canada

  4. sharon griffin added these pithy words on April 17, 2008 | Permalink

    wow, i really love your work and the way your mind works, that is fantastic. as a fellow artist, i really appreciate the great workmanship which went into this and all your other pieces.

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