By Canopy Team on March 27, 2017
The Young Artist Exhibit is a curated tree art exhibition that was held at the Community Arbor Day Festival at Mitchell Park on March 11, 2017. Art submissions from young artists across the Mid-Peninsula were received in answer to the theme: how do trees benefit the community. From paintings to photography, the Arbor Day Exhibit hopes to represent the shared vision and awareness of trees and their benefits to the urban environment.
This tree stands in the middle of the biggest bike yard in the school. It is arguably the biggest tree in the school and might even be several tree combined to great one giant tree. We are so lucky to be able to have so much life around, but not all of us realize how lucky we are to have these trees. This tree is perfect representation of our town’s name in English.
– Simon O’Kramer, Palo Alto High School
Who would’ve thought that two trees, meant to be roadblocks, could be the highlight of my neighborhood. For most major holidays, some gracious neighborhood residents spend much time decorating these trees with bright lights, and always add a special touch to the branches. During President’s day weekend, cards with a U.S. president on them hung from each branch, and cardboard cutouts of each president lined the sidewalk. It’s amazing to witness the impact w trees can have on a community. The “Branches of Bryant” can be seen from blocks away and bring out the holiday spirit in everyone who passes them.
– Sydney Liu, Palo Alto High School
– Umbher Kooner, Palo Alto High School
This is a leaf of a lemon tree in my backyard. The lemon tree is special to me because it was the only plant from my old home in San Jose. I also respect it more than other plants because it can actually be used for more than just looking nice and wasting water – it actually produces fruit. I identify with the tree to an extent because like myself, it is productive and is sour.
– Davis You, Palo Alto High School
When I look out my window in the late afternoon, I am greeted by the view of rays of light shining through the branches of the tree outside my house- illuminating the leaves and creating beautiful shadows that dance along the street with the wind. This tree is a consistent beautiful element in my life, and I often look to it when I am stressed or unhappy as a symbol of steadiness. Trees are extraordinary important for a healthy community, because they add beauty and a sense of calm or sturdiness. Most importantly, trees are essential to our planet’s longevity. They conserve energy and water, as well as reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. If we want a good future for our planet, trees are essential. The tree outside my house and the other trees in my community are very important to me, and it is equally important that all communities are able to be similarly positively impacted by trees.
– Sophia Muys, Palo Alto High School
This tree stands at the end of the quad. As people pass it everyday they don’t realize that the oxygen they breathe in is made from this beautiful tree. This beautiful tree stands above us all, impacting us everyday even if we don’t realize it.
– Angela Beaumont, Palo Alto High School
Trees are incredibly important and to me, they mean life. The tree in my picture had been cut down, but still supports life, the moss. In school, we are learning about how crucial plants and trees are to our survival – and this really came through to me.
– Arundhati Parikh, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School