Submitted by Hilde DeBruyne


Client: City of Johnston, IA

Location: Johnston, IA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team


Hilde DeBruyne Art and Design LLC

Johnston Arts Council


Take a walk through “Trees are Poems”, Terra Park : first public art installation , commissioned by the City of Johnston, IA in 2019. The interactive sculpture invites the viewer to walk through it, as if you are walking through a forest and looking up at the sky. The artist hopes to create a tiny glimpse of the sacredness of trees and develop a sense of respect for nature.


The goal: create an artwork that celebrates the Earth at Terra Park , creates a sense of belonging and gathering place for the community.


Created in collaboration with the City of Johnston, Johnston Arts Council, 50th Anniversary Committee, Park and rec Dept and numerous volunteers.

Additional Information

The leaves contain words like " community ", "education", "thriving", "welcoming" : they were brainstormed by members of the community and create a playful shadow on the surroundings. A quote from the poet Kahlil Gibran is laser cut throughout the stem of the trees : " Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky".