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.
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.
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.
OPB | April 14, 2016