The new 2018 calendar features the leaves of trees- the trees that populate the public spaces of a city, in this case Vancouver. The images of leaves – which are spare and of more simple design than in previous calendars- represent only twelve of the innumerable variety of trees that have adapted to the narrow streets, broad boulevards, and community parks of the city.
My motivation behind this calendar was to get to know the trees that many of us pass under each day with barely an acknowledgement for all the beauty, shade and ecological benefit they offer us. And as the city of Vancouver, like so many others, comes under intense pressure to build on every spare lot, having a daily reminder of the trees that bring life into the built environment seems like a meaningful way to mark another year.
The designs are based on leaves I collected while walking in my neighbourhood: tulip tree, katsura, northern catalpa, flowering cherry, European beech, weeping white birch, London plane tree, Japanese zelkovia, common horse chestnut, Caucasian ash, pin oak and gingko. (Still amazed by the diversity! )
Acknowledgments in the research go to Gerald B. Straley’s Trees of Vancouver, David Tracey’s Vancouver Tree Book: A Living City Field Guide), MIT Senseable City Lab, and the self guided walking tour site, kitstreemap.com, for getting me started wondering and wandering.