You might have noticed that we have some very creative and talented employees among us here at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. But did you know that one of our employees was selected to create an “Urban Tree” that will grace the San Diego’s North Embarcadero later this summer?
Rachel M., who works in the Airport Authority’s Risk Management Department by day, is an extraordinary artist in her spare time. Known in the art world as Rachel Eva, she works in many mediums, such as oil on canvas, mixed media and portraiture. She is also a published poet.
So what’s an Urban Tree, you ask? The Urban Trees Project is sponsored by the Port of San Diego. 30 trees, each created by a different artist, serve as temporary sculptures gracing the San Diego Bay shoreline for one year each. The trees installed this summer will mark the sixth year of this popular program.
On an interesting note, after the trees are uninstalled, sometimes they are sold to art collectors or go on to be displayed in other public places such as … San Diego International Airport! In fact, we have two on display right now from the Port’s collection. You can see them curbside in front of Terminal 1 West and Terminal 2 East.
Rachel’s tree design was selected from over 100 submissions. She is currently in the building phase, with the able assistance of her husband Shawn. I’ve posted some photos of the construction stage of her tree.
Stay tuned for a future update on Rachel and her creation. I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished project, and I’ll let you know where you can see the tree up close for yourself once it’s installed.
In the meantime, be sure to congratulate Rachel when you see her for being among a select few chosen artists!
NOTE: The orange Urban Tree previously pictured in this post is the work of another artist, not Rachel. The picture has been removed to prevent confusion. Stay tuned for how Rachel’s tree will look!