On April 22, 2023 S(tree)twork will celebrate Earth Day with a "ground building" ceremony for a new structure in the Farm at Awbury Arboretum, and an afternoon animated by hands-on activities.
The S(tree)twork project is guided by the cycle of a tree's life. Following a seasonal rhythm. S(tree)twork transforms fallen trees into percussive instruments that are then played at street planting events in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. This program has been developed through a two-year participatory process led by the artists group Futurefarmers.The architectural intervention at Awbury Arboretum will be built on the ruins of a former stone barn, and will serve as a community woodworking space for the making of S(tree)twork's musical instruments. The structure designed by Futurefarmer's lead architect Lode Vranken was informed by a community design process and will be built together with Japanese wood joinery wookworker, Nobuto Suga joining from San Francisco. Participants in the Challenge Program and other volunteers will also contribute to the building of the structure being stewarded by the Philadelphia architectural studio Oz Collaborative, and Hanson Fine Building.
Please note that Awbury Arboretum has two main sections divided by Washington Lane. The S(tree)twork structure will be built on the ruin of a former barn located in the Farm at Awbury portion. The site is located near Washington Lane. If you are arriving via car, the best location for parking is on Ardleigh Street.