Words written by children and engraved on the base of the Memorial Tree marking the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires:
‘I have risen from the flames ‘I have stretched across the earth ‘I am shining with your name…’
A moving ceremony was held at Strathewen to install the Memorial Tree and to thank schools, including our members that financially supported the project directly and indirectly and contributed artwork, poetry and messages for inscription.
Flower within Trunk, by a Year 8 Shelford Grammar Student in 2010
The ideas was conceived six years ago. Today the tree stands 9.8m tall and is forged from three tonnes of steel and copper. The canopy of 3000 leaves and branches created by blacksmiths around the world carry the messages created by students, providing an endless source of enrichment.
Strathewen, the community that has arisen from the ashes, and the relationships forged by creativity and energy reflect the importance of leadership, inclusion and connection – principles to which we aspire as individual schools and as a membership association.
For more photographs, additional information plus location of the Tree please visit the Tree Project website.
Works of student art inspired by the Tree Project can be found on the arts programs page on our website.