VALERIE HIRD: THE GENESIS TREE, in ArtPrize on September 23 Nora Hamie Gallery
"The Genesis Tree"
September 23 - October 11
Reception: September 23rd from 5-9 p.m.
Monroe Community Church
800 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI
The issue of intelligent design is addressed in the installation THE GENESIS TREE: a 4' x 6' sculpture composed of nearly 3000 individually-folded paper forms that suggests a different hypothesis for the origin of the species. Suspended from wire frames, the forms combine - like molecules - to create a primordial tree that defines the first explosive burst of life. The trunk, shaped by the double-stranded helices of DNA, is color-coded to the fundamental elements of earth, water, air and fire. In the tree's canopy, these elements mix into secondary hues which in turn blossom into a ring of paper birds which flock to the four compass points where they become larger and freer composite birds. An accompanying video will be available in June. Naturally occurring or intentionally created, THE GENESIS TREE celebrates the variety of life engendered by the endless and delicate interconnection of nature's systems.