The Uprooted

The Uprooted

The Uprooted

Project Proposal 

The uprooted is 6 feet uprooted olive tree made out of steal painted in dark olive. The tree is going to have a 5 feet beam in the ground to hold the sculpture. The tree’s roots are contained in a closed box made out of special glass that will make it visible to the public audience. The glass box is 1.5 feet in height, 4 feet in length and 4 feet in width. The sculpture is going to be located in front of common grounds coffee shop, so it will be accessible for all audiences.

Artist Statement 

“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.” ( Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose ). To be uprooted from your community is a feeling that I have experienced indirectly, as a Palestinian refugee. From the United States to Palestine people have been uprooted from their lands  and left  to live without a home. The homeless people of the United States have been uprooted from their communities, and it is time for them to be rooted again. 

An olive tree lives for hundreds of years. It trunk goes bigger and its branches spread wider, when a farmer takes care of it. I saw a farmer in Palestine that was crying when the Israeli Army came and uprooted his olive trees to build the segregation wall in the West Bank. Some settlers in the West Bank always attack those trees. Those settlers know that uprooting and destroying these trees is a way of intimidating the Palestinians to push them out of their land. The uprooted is a bridge that connects the uprooted people from the United States to Palestine. I feel like an uprooted olive tree makes me sad the same way I see other homeless people living in the streets with no shelter and no home. The same uprooted tree ties me back to my own cause, the Palestinian cause.



2 responses to “The Uprooted

  1. I really like the idea of the trees roots being showcased. I think that this related to homelessness in a way that not many people would think about. To me the exposure of the roots symbolize that you are trying to make the issues of homelessness exposed also. The roots of a tree are usually not visible to the public eye, just like the homeless people who are invisible to us. Are you going to have some sort of plaque that describes the symbolic message of the trees roots or leave it up for interpretation?

  2. I love your idea. I think it is a simple concept and is very expressive about homelessness. Just as the people were uprooted from their lives, so was the tree. Great job!

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