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The Tree of Life

November 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016


Tree of LifeTree of Life, Etz Chaim, World Tree, Cosmic Tree, Yggdrasil, Világta,Holy Tree, Ashvattha, Tree of Enlightenment – it goes by many names but the concept of a great tree that unites all living things has been a constant in science, religion, philosophy, and mythology since the beginning of time. In almost every world culture, a Tree of Life is represented as a colossal tree connecting the heavens, the world, and, through its roots, the underworld. The Tree of Life symbolizes many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption.


Created by Cincinnati artist Matt Kotlarczyk, our Tree of Life embraces our common beliefs and serves as a unifying symbol of hope for the Greater Cincinnati community.  More than a Christmas tree, The Tree of Life builds on thousands of years of tradition to bring us together and lead us into the future.


Share your hopes, dreams and wishes for the New Year with the Cincinnati Art Museum by writing them on colorful pieces of paper. We will then hang your hopes on the Tree of Life in clear glass tubes. After the New Year, the wishes will be collected and burned. The ashes will then be used to fertilize a new tree, planted in the spring, signifying rebirth and a new start.


What is Your Dream for the New Year?