Snake bark maples include 18–21 species, and are mostly found in eastern Asia. Snake bark maples are most easily distinguished from other maples by their distinctive bark, smooth when young and usually patterned with vertical alternating dark and light stripes as the tree ages.
See image above, the Snake Bark tree, which is situated opposite the Berkeley Library.
The main inspiration for the artwork that will be installed in this tree was the pod-like structure, unearthed during the microscopic imaging process. See image above.
Also included in the artwork are representations of the oblong lenticles, which are breathing holes visible to the naked eye on the green and white striped bark. See image above.
The artist was also inspired by Japanese street culture from the nineties represented in books like Fruits and Fresh Fruits.
The artwork created by Hassett is made from neoprene, lycra and lycra netting. Images of the final artwork in situ will be posted after the opening on September 29th 2017.