Location: San Diego, CA, United States
Completion date: 2018
Artwork budget: $100,000
Trees in Honor/Founder
Trees in Honor/ Executive Director
Trees in Honor/Media & Public Relations
Trees in Honor/Assistant Director
Trees in Honor/Director of Finance
Alysia Rachel Dahir
Trees in Honor/Grant Writer
Lt. Col. Ron Marusiak USAF Ret.
Trees in Honor/Military Advisor & Steward Liason
Trees in Honor/Cities Liason
Trees in Honor/Executive Assistant
This project is more than a multiple city, sculptural installation. It is a social movement. A National Campaign to raise society's collective consciousness to the true cost of freedom. Each Tree in Honor will live on, by the addition of newly sponsored tags as time goes by and for decades to come, with 100% of those proceeds dispersed by our Veterans Stewardship organization, within each community a tree proudly stands. This will enable military personnel that have not even been born yet, to be honored once their time comes. This truly is a Forever Project.
The life-size sculptural, Tree in Honor is the center piece of each benefit installation. Hung from it's branches are dog tags as leaves, displaying the names of military personnel from each community a Tree in Honor proudly stands. www.treesinhonor.org
Community involvement includes Veterans service organizations who will take over the responsibility of Stewardship for their local Tree in Honor. They will facilitate the disbursement of funds raised within their community.
Aspects: A quiet place for residents and visitors to reflect on what freedom means to them. A healing place to mourn those we have lost and an inspirational place to bring recognition to all those who have, and will protect us from harm. A peaceful spot to sit beneath a giant, gently soothing wind chime made up of thousands of shimmering tags. A space to create a dialogue with our children about patriotism, loss, honor, and commitment. An awe inspiring display of motion-filled silver leaves above, and of still, golden fallen-soldiers' leaves beneath the Tree in Honor. www.treesinhonor.org