Jeni Caru­ana launches ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled ‘Ar­bor Vi­tae’

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Artist Jeni Caru­ana launched her ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Ar­bor Vi­tae (Tree of Life) at the Ma­jjis­tral Na­ture and History Park Vis­i­tors Cen­tre, Għajn Tuffieha last Fri­day.

A size­able num­ber of guests, in­clud­ing Owen Bon­nici MP, Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment; and Karl Gouder MP, Op­po­si­tion Spokesman for Cul­ture, were present on the night.

Trees have al­ways been one of Caru­ana’s re­cur­rent mo­tifs, and with the Ar­bor Vi­tae col­lec­tion, Caru­ana wanted to ex­plore the many mean­ings at­tached to trees, and how vi­tally im­por­tant it is that we pre­serve, re­spect and pro­tect them.

In her wel­com­ing re­marks, Si­mone Mizzi, Vice-Pres­i­dent of Din l-Art Ħelwa, thanked Caru­ana for choos­ing the Ma­jjis­tral Park for her ex­hi­bi­tion, com­ment­ing that ‘na­ture is so calm­ing and so sooth­ing we need it in our every­day lives. We need fresh air for healthy liv­ing and trees to keep our at­mos­phere clean and fil­ter the pol­lu­tion we cre­ate our­selves. Trees of­fer shel­ter not just to man but to the small wildlife and the birds that abound in ev­ery place where they ex­ist.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion was then of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated by Stu­art Gill, Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Malta. In his com­ments, the High Com­mis­sioner said that it was fit­ting that the paint­ings are be­ing ex­hib­ited in an im­por­tant cor­ner of the Malta that still en­joys its nat­u­ral state and is now be­ing re­vi­talised. He also com­mented that “it is a bril­liant piece of plan­ning, given Jeni’s pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment, that today is the day the Paris agree­ment on cli­mate change en­tered into force and is now part of in­ter­na­tional law.”

The Ma­jjis­tral Na­ture and History Park is the first Na­tional Park in the Mal­tese is­lands. It falls un­der the gov­er­nance of Din l-Art Ħelwa, Na­ture Trust Malta, and the Gaia Foun­da­tion.

The Ar­bor Vi­tae ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic daily from 10am to 3pm un­til 16 December.

Stu­art Gill, Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Malta; Jeni Caru­ana; Sal­vador Vella, Chair­man of the Ma­jjis­tral Park Board; and Mag­gie Gill

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