Festival du Voyageur Preserving Old Elm’s Trunk for Art

Festival du Voyageur Preserving Old Elm’s Trunk for Art

Elm Tree
An elm tree suffering from Dutch elm disease will have its trunk transformed into a public art piece. Submissions for the tree, seen here on February 23, 2017 during Festival du Voyageur, will be accepted until April 21. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — A massive elm tree in Whittier Park that had been diagnosed with Dutch elm disease will partly live on through a new public art piece.

Officials with Festival du Voyageur have come to an agreement with the City of Winnipeg and the site’s owner/manager to preserve the tree’s trunk. The tree has become a fixture for residents of St. Boniface and an important symbol for Festival du Voyageur.

Artisan candidates are being sought out to transform the trunk into something beautiful to be enjoyed year-round. Artists must be Manitoban or current residents in the province to apply and will have until April 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. to submit their application in order to be considered for the project. A selection committee will evaluate the submissions and narrow down three finalists. Further drawings and/or a model will determine the winner, to be unveiled at the beginning of June.

To apply, visit the Festival du Voyageur website. Submissions must be received through the mail or in person at 233 Provencher Boulevard.

C’est avec beaucoup de tristesse que nous avons appris que ce magnifique orme est infecté de la maladie hollandaise de l'orme. Nous estimons que l'arbre a plus de 200 ans d'âge. Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que lorsque la rivière coulera de nouveau, l’arbre sera ressuscité en œuvre d’art. Aujourd’hui, nous faisons appel aux artistes professionnels de soumettre leur candidature pour transformer l’arbre. Les détails se trouvent sur notre site web. Qu'aimeriez-vous voir comme œuvre d'art? ~ Last year we were devastated to learn that this tree’s lifecycle has come to an end. We estimate that it is over 200 years old. After the snow melts and the river flows again, this tree will be given a second life. Today, we call on professional artists to present proposals to transform this very special tree. Please visit our website for more information. What would you like to see done with the tree?

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