Over the past 27 years, the Gardiner Museum has celebrated with their signature fundraising exhibition, 12 Trees and its gala event, the G Party. This year, Chestnut Park is delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor a tree at the event. This year’s exhibition launched November 18th and will run until January 8th.




This year, the theme was Good For The Earth

, in which artists were invited to propose designs that used materials that were recycled / sustainable and focused on the handmade to illustrate something that is good for the earth. Artists were able to re-imagine the tradition Christmas tree, and the end result was a whimsical collection of stunning Christmas trees.



Chesnut Park sponsored Erin Lightfeather’s The Wishing Tree. We had the opportunity to learn more about the tree design from the materials used to the meaning of the tree.



Found feathers are considered good luck in many cultures, and Christmas cards and gifts come from a place of love and the spirit of giving. This installation is decorated with preserved feather ornaments made from naturally shed feathers, and hand-cut paper feathers made from recycled holiday greeting cards, cardboard from gift packaging, and wrapping paper. These materials were sourced from friends, family, and the community, with the intention of collecting luck and well wishes to fill “The Wishing Tree” with good fortune for the holiday season. Straying from the traditional Christmas pine, a fallen tree is employed here in the spirit of sustainability and recycling. The expired tree enjoys a second life as the perfect backdrop for the handmade feathers.


About The Artist

Erin Lightfeather has been working with cruelty-free feathers for several years, creating pieces for fashion, print/film, bridal, and interior decor. She started working with plumage almost a decade ago after taking a millinery program at George Brown College. Lightfeather sources her materials from domestic waterfowl farms in Canada and the United States, using mainly goose and duck feathers that have been naturally shed. Lighfeather was the recipient of the H&M + Fashion Magazine Conscious Couture design contest in 2013, an internship at FASHION Magazine in the same year, and was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings in 2010.


(Fiona Legg)




(Stratford Festival)




(Robyn Thomas)

The exhibit was curated by internationally renowned artist, curator, filmmaker, writer and climate change activist, David Buckland. You can see The Wishing Tree and the other beautiful Christmas Trees at the Gardiner Museum now until January 8th

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