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tree of enlightenment

by Carly & Casey Torgerson
Handmade
Recycled
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  • the story

Glow with Contentment

Sisters Carly and Casey Torgerson were concerned by the needless waste they witnessed in the schools and businesses around them, but instead of just throwing up their hands, they fired up their creativity and began to transform the problem into unique works of art.

This piece, titled "Tree of Enlightenment", is hand-signed and features a stylized tree, its sinuous, feminine branches filled with small, phosphorescent leaves that actually glow gently in the dark. The hand-painted, mixed media work is created using reclaimed materials gathered from the artists' community, including scraps of glow-in-the-dark Mylar from a sign company, and a circular base donated by a stereo manufacturer, which had previously discarded these pieces of wood. The piece comes ready to hang, with a reclaimed soda can pull tab as the mounting hardware. Handmade in Tallahassee, FL, and Minneapolis, MN.

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  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Exclusive
Item ID
21320
Made from
acrylic paint, wood, nails, acrylic sealer, aluminum pop tab
Measurements
10.75" dia. x 0.75" W, weight: 2lbs
Notes
Indoor use only, keep in dry place
  • the maker

Carly & Casey Torgerson

The Torgerson sisters started out on separate paths: Carly studied education and taught art in public schools, and Casey was a passionate environmentalist serving in AmeriCorps. But when Carly hit upon the idea of using reclaimed materials to create unique works of art, Casey was eager to join in the creative endeavor. Together they formed SoulShine Studio. They contacted local businesses for donations of scrap wood, paper and more, and discovered those companies were only too happy to have a way to reduce their waste and environmental impact. The unique, upcycled nature of those materials is displayed proudly in the design of each one of the sisters' colorful creations.

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TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Visually pleasing (5)
  • Vivid colors (4)
  • Great detail (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Decoration (5)
  • Gift (5)
  • Home (3)
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    • Personal (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)

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5.0

Unique Housewarming Gift

By 

from Augusta, Georgia

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Detail
  • Reclaimedrecycled
  • Visually Pleasing
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Decoration
    • Gift
    • Home
    • Inspiration

    Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

    I was looking for a meaningful but simple piece of artwork to send to a friend as a housewarming gift. I loved how the artists transformed recycled/reclaimed materials into a lovely piece of art. My friend described it as a wonderful gift!

    Service and delivery comments:

    This gift was shipped to Israel and I received regular tracking updates from DHL. Shipping internationally is typically a bit anxiety-producing for me but this was a very pleasant shopping and shipping experience. Will definitely go this route again for gifts to Israel. Fantastic customer communications and service from Borderfree!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    To: GemMom

    By 

    from Pennsylvania

    Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

    To me the night image of The Tree of Enlightenment looks like the brain. Wouldn't change a thing. Great job Carly and Casey!

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    unique...but wish the trunk glowed too

    By 

    from NJ

    About Me Artist, Decorator

    Pros

    • Dazzling
    • Visually Pleasing
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Decoration
      • Gift

      Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

      bought this for our 10 yr old for Christmas..when it arrived we held it against the wall in a dark room..my husband and I thought it would look better if there was just a little more detail in the trunk so you could tell it was a tree in the dark. Wish the artist would fix it for us before we give it to our son. Hint..Hint...
      It really is beautiful!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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      5.0

      Just as expected

      By 

      from Acton, MA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Visually Pleasing
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Gift
        • Home

        Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

        I bought this as a gift for a 13-year old girl. When it arrived, it looked just as it did in the catalog/online. I was thrilled to find handwritten information on the back of the item that described the recycled materials that were used to create it. The leaves truly do glow in the dark! No word from the recipient yet but, as the buyer, I was very pleased with this purchase.

        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

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        5.0

        An Important Gift

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        from Burtrum, MN

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Detail
        • Quality Construction
        • Visually Pleasing

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift

          Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

          That this gift be special was an imperative because it was for two dear friends who, because they are gay, suffered the omission of one of their families on one of the most important days of their lives. But they were married on our land and the tree was a theme of their wedding. This gift was beautiful, meant a lot to them, and fit the occasion perfectly. Thank you.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Wedding

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Professional and Folksy

          By 

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Gift giver

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          Pros

          • Great Detail
          • Perfect Size
          • Quality Construction
          • Visually Pleasing
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Decoration
          • Gift
          • Home

          Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

          The tree is already mounted on the wall. The soda tab and cap work very well. It is well constructed, beautifully painted and finished. The materials are reprocessed and one can feel the "life" in them. Solid and pleasing work.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful!

          By 

          from Perry, GA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Perfect Gift

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about TREE OF ENLIGHTENMENT - CARLY & CASEY TORGERSON:

            A nice gift for a co-worker who I consider to be "enlightened!"

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            • Personal

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