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Artist Marin Offers Tribute To Pineros

OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 10:41 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 14, 2013 2:04 p.m. | Portland

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Artist Betty Marin’s Pineros project offers a tribute to the hands needed to grow and harvest the seven million Christmas trees grown in Oregon each year. The daughter of immigrants, Marin says she’s always mindful of immigrant labor, and wanted to share an awareness of the seasonal workers employed on Christmas tree farms.

Betty Marin (pictured) writes, "The name on the glass is subtle, extending the conversation around the visibility or invisibility of these workers."

Betty Marin (pictured) writes, "The name on the glass is subtle, extending the conversation around the visibility or invisibility of these workers."

Robe Imbriano / Oregon Public Broadcasting

Her project, detailed in this Kickstarter campaign video, involved having a local glass artist make ornaments bearing the names of workers at one area farm. Marin then gave these ornaments to the families buying the farm’s trees.

 

 

 

Betty Marin

In the final stage of the project, Marin took ornaments to each of the workers themselves. Oregon Art Beat Producer Robe Imbriano accompanied Marin in the final stages of the project.

 

You can find more information about her project, including workers’ bios, over here.

Faustino and his brother Valentin were among the workers Marin interviewed and photographed on the job.

Faustino and his brother Valentin were among the workers Marin interviewed and photographed on the job.

Robe Imbriano / Oregon Public Broadcasting

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