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Landslide: Every Tree Tells A Story Photography Exhibition

Originally Posted: April 19, 2011

Concurrent Outdoor Signboard Exhibition at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, opens April 30. (Courtesy Photo: Lisa Lori Communications)

East Hampton - The Cultural Landscape Foundation's (TCLF) 2010 "Landslide: Every Tree Tells a Story" traveling photography exhibition featuring 26 images of 12 different locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, opens April 10, 2011 at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, NY and runs through June 15, 2011. Concurrently, an outdoor signboard exhibition based on the Landslide photography will open April 30, 2011 at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, and also runs through June 15, 2011.

'Landslide,' first issued in 2003, is TCLF's annual compendium of significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, and working landscapes and each year is accompanied by a traveling exhibition of commissioned photography. The 2010 "Landslide: Every Tree Tells a Story" focuses on the irreplaceable trees and tree groupings, often associated with historically important people and events that have shaped the development of communities and cultures. Russell Hart, former executive editor at American Photo magazine, commissioned the photography. Long time supporter Garden Design magazine returns for the 2010 'Landslide,' The Davey Tree Expert Company joins as Presenting Sponsor, and American Forests as a Sponsor.

The traveling exhibition features sentinel and specimen trees, allées and boulevards, urban forests, formal and vernacular - things that surround us and are living reminders of our heritage. These trees and tree groupings recall our nation's past and have the potential to bear witness to future generations. These natural and living features command the same awe and admiration that our culture bestows upon the arts, architecture, and design. The 2010 "Landslide: Every Tree Tells a Story" sites are (alphabetical by location):

 • Aoyama Tree - Los Angeles, CA a 60 by 70-foot Moreton Bay Fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) marks the former location of the Koyasan Daishi Mission, one of the city's oldest and largest Buddhist temples. Photography by Robert Glenn Ketchum.

 • Arborland Tree Farm - Milliken, CO a 150-acre tree farm filled with a mixture of shade, ornamental, and conifer trees and inhabited by diverse wildlife, an anomaly in the plains area. Photography by Jay Dickman.

 • Tulip Poplar - Tudor Place, Washington, DC a tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) which stands more than 80-feet tall with a diameter of 60 inches and has been present since the founding of our nation's capital. Photography by Amy Bedik.

 • Cummer Oak - Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL a Live Oak tree (Quercus virginiana) standing 80-feet tall with a 138-foot span that overlooks O.C. Simonds' picturesque 1903 gardens and the formal English and Italian gardens designed by Thomas Meehan & Sons, Ellen Shipman, and the gardens' owner, Ninah Cummer. Photography by Larry Nighswander.

 • Sycamore Row - Ames, IA a linear feature of almost 50 Sycamore trees (Platanus occidentalis) planted parallel to the Ames-to-Campus railway at Iowa State University in 1900 that continues to mark the historic transportation route used by countless Midwestern pioneers. Photography by David Jordano.

 • Olmsted Parks and Parkways - Louisville, KY consists of three flagship parks (Cherokee, Shawnee, and Iroquois) and the six parkways that connect them, all designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and his sons, and provide the city's mature tree canopy. Photography by Bob Hower.

 • Commonwealth Avenue Mall - Boston, MA a premiere example of a tree-lined avenue which has linked the Boston Common and Public Garden to Boston's famed Emerald Necklace since 1881. Photography by James Sheldon.

 • Boxed Pines - Weymouth Heights, Southern Pines, NC hundreds of Longleaf Pine trees (Pinus palustris), scattered throughout the subdivision, are marked with carvings made by former slaves and their descendants to collect sap for turpentine production. Photography by Frank Hunter.

 • Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees - Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ the collection of Japanese Flowering Cherry trees (Prunus), established in 1928 in this Olmsted Brothers-designed park, numbers more than 4,000 today. Photography by Yong Hee Kim.

 • Elms Of East Hampton - East Hampton, NY American Elm trees (Ulmus americana) made famous by a Childe Hassam painting of the village in the 1920s, the specimens continue to form a high, leafy canopy over the village streets. Photography by Garie Waltzer.

 • Black Oak Tree - Katewood, Bratenahl, OH a Black Oak tree (Quercus velutina) that pre-dates the Country Place Era estate designed by A.D. Taylor. Photography by Barbara Bosworth.

 • Río Piedras Ficuses - San Juan, PR three African Cloth-Bark trees (Ficus nekbuda), approximately 50-feet tall, with a 20-foot total trunk diameter and a canopy that stretches over seven lanes of highway. Photography by Juan Pons.

"Each year's 'Landslide' highlights different aspects of our landscape legacy, with the collective goal of making our landscape heritage visible," said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF founder and President.

"These aren't just pretty pictures of old trees," says Russell Hart, former executive editor at American Photo magazine. They are important photographers' studies of unique specimens in context, from parklands to roadsides. Each of the 12 trees or groups of trees is seen through the lens of an artist's sensibility, in spectacular prints - and the images are as different as they could be."

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