Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tree of Heaven Museum-Style Bench

This museum bench is like no other but you'd never guess it just by looking at it. What makes this museum style bench--perfect for you post-modernist garden, entrance hall, or interior courtyard--so unique is that it's made from Tree of Heaven. Tree of Heaven is anything but. In the US it's an invasive tree that has overtaken urban neighborhoods. You may have heard it referred to as "ghetto palm" or something similar.

Mitch Cope, a Detroit-based artist, harvests the wood from these trees from vacant lots around Detroit and uses it to make decorative or functional objects like these museum style benches.