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Help create a tiled bench in Arboretum Oak Grove

"Oak Family Tree," created in December 2008, was one of the projects sponsored by the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. Courtesy photo

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From page A9 | October 05, 2011 |

The UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded and co-directed by Diane Ullman and Donna Billick, will sponsor a seven-week community outreach project that will result in a 50-foot tiled concrete bench at the entrance to the Peter J. Shields Oak Grove in the UCD Arboretum.

Ullman, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and Billick, a self-described “rock artist,” will lead the project Tuesdays through Nov. 15 in Rooms 126 and 12 of the Environmental Horticulture Building. The project began this week.

The tile will showcase the life cycle of an English oak. Each participant may select an image of a wildflower, mushroom, insect, bird or mammal for the tile. Ullman and Billick said the ceramic bench will be part of an outdoor classroom and gathering spot for tours of the Arboretum’s nationally recognized oak collection.

More than 80 kinds of oaks are found in the 10-acre Shields Oak Grove.

Those interested may RSVP to Emily Griswold, assistant director of horticulture at the Arboretum, at ebgriswold@ucdavis.edu or (530) 754-8038.

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