MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The newest piece of public art on West Virginia University's campus seeks to enhance the beauty of nature.
The piece, which artist Carol Hummel describes as a "tree cozy," was constructed over a week and consists of several individual crocheted yarn pieces. It's located along Patteson Drive on the lawn of the Creative Arts Center on the Evansdale campus.
The tree, a willow oak, is part of an art project in conjunction with Morgantown's 2013 celebration of "The Year of the Tree." Hummel has created similar installations allover the world, from Chicago to Drangedal, Norway to New Delhi, India. She discussed her work in a free lecture at WVU Thursday evening, the same day the tree piece was finished.
Some of the pieces were made by residents at The Village at Heritage Point, an assisted living home.
It will remain on display for a year and will become even more visible as the leaves change.
An exhibition of Hummel's other works will be on display Oct. 10 - Dec. 10 at Mesaros Galleries at the Creative Arts Center.
She holds a master's degree in sculpture and a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from Kent State University, as well as a degree in graphic design and photography from the University of Cincinnati.
She is the founder and international coordinator of Raghurajpur International Art/Craft Exchange in Raghurajpur, Orissa, India, and is known for her work in metal lathe, forging, woodworking, wood and stone carving, cow dung toy making, palm leaf carving and papier-mache mask making.