Up From Ashes: Creation From Destruction

Emerald Ash Borer (the white lines), have killed this tree, but the hardwood is still valuable(Photo: KDNfilms.com)
Emerald Ash Borer (the white lines), have killed this tree, but the hardwood is still valuable(Photo: KDNfilms.com)

Up From the Ashes follows a construction project from three points of view:

  • Traverwood Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library Director Josie Parker wants something to appeal to her youngest patrons – children who will be using the building for decades to come
  • Architect Cory Lavigne pushes cutting edge green design that might send his career on a major upward trajectory
  • Woodworker John Yarema needs a new challenge and a place to make and show his art

The story lies in the wood. Ash, a beautiful hardwood, has been taken directly from the forest where the building sits, to be used in unique and captivating ways throughout the building. There’s plenty of Ash wood, but not healthy trees due to the emerald ash borer.

The ash borer damaged trees only just under the bark, leaving most of the usable wood intact. With a public initiative came ideas. Soon, some of the wood became flooring, shelving and other furniture.

The construction of the library has become a valuable educational tool, showing what can be done with some vision, direction, and creativity.

Up from Ashes
Sunday, August 28, 7:00 pm, WOSU TV
Friday, September 02, 2:00 am, WOSU TV

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