Thanks to the creative efforts of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC), ALSAC and neighborhood partners, Memphis will be the first U.S. city to feature this award-winning, functional piece of art.
Treedom is a symbolic art installation that will take root in Memphis for the betterment of the community. Specifically, the interactive piece will serve as a place for live music performances, yoga classes, meals, community meetings and more.
On June 2, from 4 to 6pm, Treedom will make its debut in Memphis at its opening day celebration. The event will include music, food trucks, outdoor games and more in order to celebrate Treedom’s launching.
The event will kick off with a Second Line Parade led by Mighty Souls Brass Band with Atelier YokYok, that will march to the opening of Treedom.
Along the way, parade patrons will stop at various neighborhoods for free treats and giveaways. Following the march, the event will feature a free picnic dinner complete with music and Mempops. Finally, visitors can also be a part of Cat Peña’s dynamic artwork, Wind-borne.
First featured in Budapest, Hungary, and designed by the Parisian architectural firm Atelier YokYok, Treedom was brought to Memphis with the help of the MMDC and other community partners, such as BRIDGES, ALSAC, MATA and artist Cat Peña, in order to encourage creativity.
Memphis’ installation will mimic the city’s recognizable tree canopies through its network of branches and poles. Altogether, these variety pieces will illustrate a forest structure. Finally, Treedom will transform a once vacant, local lot into a center for creativity and community.
Treedom will serve as a meeting place within the community that will rotate through different engaging events. For example, the installation will include original artwork by Cat Peña, landscaping improvements, artistic enhancements by The Artist Commons and a series of regular events.