Bartram’s Boxes Remix is a collaborative project between the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia and Bartram’s Garden, home of famed 18th century explorer and botanist John Bartram. The pieces in this traveling exhibition reference the boxes containing seeds, plants and curiosities that John Bartram sent back to his colleagues and clients in England.
The show includes sculptural objects and installations created out of salvaged wood and other materials found in Bartram’s Garden. In the spirit of John Bartram’s desire to share his passion for trees and other plants, Bartram’s Boxes Remix brings together artists who created works in wood and other materials from Bartram’s Garden. Artists were able to select from 13 types of wood from trees in the garden which fell during a wind storm.
Learn about the project and old trees in this video
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Bartram's Boxes Remix recounts the the project that challenged artists across the world to create works from the wood that expressed the botanist's voice and dedication. Forty artists responded with diverse projects that keep Bartram's spirit alive and celebrate nature, science, and design.