Life of a tree surgeon
IF you’ve ever sat under a shady tree on a hot day, or admired the beauty of a park, there’s a very good chance you have an arborist to thank. Arborists or “tree surgeons”, are people trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining trees.
The contributions of arborists are often not recognised by the public. An exhibition in George Town in Penang aims to change that.
Hasim: Arborist And Art Exhibition, a show at Hin Bus Depot, invites the public to explore the world of tree specialists.
“Arborists play an important role of conserving our heritage, and restoring the greenery of our environment. At the same time, they enhance our surroundings through tree conservation and transplanting,” says Vin Chee, who helped organise this show.
The exhibition, he adds, is held in the memory of Hasim Ismail, a passionate arborist, who died this year.
Hasim planted two rain trees in Hin Bus Depot, where the exhibition is taking place. The trees are two of 17 that were transplanted around Penang after being threatened by a road expansion project on the island.
The exhibition, organised by Penang’s Moonshop Gallery, aims to create awareness about the role and responsibilities of an arborist through botanic installations, discussions and events.
These installations, says Chee, includes a giant terrarium, featuring live butterflies, a “living” wall and an Alice In Wonderland-themed table.
There will also be talks on topics such as arboriculture and tree topping, and a session by Sammy Au, a registered consulting arborist from Hong Kong. Visitors can also look out for several tree-themed workshops, including a “Forest In A Bottle” workshop and a Moon Forest workshop on Nov 4, and tree climbing workshops on Oct 29 and Nov 5.
Hasim: Arborist And Art Exhibition is on at the Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, George Town in Penang till Nov 5. Opening times: noon to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am-8pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, visit www. hinbusdepot.com.
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