ACRE in the Making: A photographic journey

By Jenny Zeller

Anne Peabody‘s ACRE is an installation that has taken several years of research and development, planning and site preparation, before actual implementation could occur. This artistic interpretation of our founders legacy is a perfect example of a project/experience that necessitates cross-departmental collaboration throughout the entire organization. ACRE is a living art installation that will continue to grow and evolve, and best experienced in person. Below are behind-the-scenes images of a massive-sized installation that will become an outdoor classroom for interpretation related to biodiversity, the regenerative powers of nature, history, our present environmental challenges, and conservation in the face of the climate crisis.

Pictured here is the original site survey for ACRE completed by Rick Meyer, a dedicated Bernheim art volunteer and semi-retired site surveyor, accompanied by Assistant Curator Hannah Coleman-Zaitzeff.


We found enough redbud trees of a certain size and species, grown without neonicotinoids (harmful pesticides) in Boring, Oregon, which arrived at Bernheim in late April.


The trees were healed in before the heat of summer and properly cared for by Nursery Manager, Casey Hammett.


Artist Anne Peabody pulling lines around the ACRE parameter, where wooden stakes represent planted trees 12.5′ apart from one another.


Additional gravel paths designed within the ACRE interior in artistic rendering and in the field. These paths will allow our guest to travel through the native prairie underplanting and get close to the redbud parameter.


Bernheim worked with Roundstone Native Seed who helped consult with Anne on the native seeds selected for the prairie underplanting.


Arts in Nature Curator, Jenny Zeller, assists with blowing straw over the seeded areas.


Arboretum Manager Nathan Strange (center), implemented a great installation plan that included the expertise and assistance of the entire Horticulture team.


The weather was perfect for planting trees and it was a great team bonding experience.


Perennial plugs are planted by Anne Peabody, Arts in Nature team, and awesome volunteers.


ACRE will bloom for the first time in spring of 2024, during our 95th anniversary!


Amazing drone shot captured by Andrew Berry on the day of tree planting.


Another shot capture from above documenting the scale and scope of the ACRE installation. Picture by Andrew Berry.


Anne Peabody was raised in Kentucky and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Peabody has participated in major international group exhibitions and museum shows including, Glasstress: State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, Unbreakable: Women in Glass, Fondazione Berengo, Murano, Italy, It’s Happening, Central Park, New York City, USA, Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales. 

In 2012, Glass Quarterly named Peabody among the 50 Artists Whose Work in Glass Will Be Most Important in the Next 50 Years. Her work is held in permanent public collections in the U.S., Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Asia including 21c Museums, Boodai Corp, BP, DIOR, Fondazione Berengo, The Kentucky Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Her work has been critically reviewed in The New York Times, Art News, Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Glass Quarterly, and Hyperallergic, among others. 

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