This artwork was created by UHM art student Emily Patacsil. It is placed on what is left of a tree cut down on the campus about a month ago. The layer of wood that remains shows no sign of disease or insect damage, so why the tree was cut down is a mystery.
Emily’s response to the tree and her desire to place her art there speak powerfully about the bonds between humans and trees:
It was created for one of my glass class assignments. I wanted to see if I could “grow” a glass tree in one of our kilns. The glass pieces did not end up the way I expected and they resembled meat on meat hooks rather than trees. I had felt that a gallery setting, with only the glass was not appropriate. I was reminded of the tree that was recently cut down and felt that my piece needed to be installed there. Once installed the glass not only reminded me of meat on hooks, but also spirits leaving the remaining stump of the tree. This is where the title “Mana” came from. Mana meaning the power or essence of something in Hawaiian. I felt like the mana of the tree was still there even if it was cut down to a stump.