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The Tree of Life 

When: Jan. 2-Feb. 2 2008

'Tis the season of public art. The students from BerkeleyHigh School have assembled an odd little menagerie in the Addison Street Windows Gallery. Loosely assembled around the Darwinian notion of "The Tree of Life," the exhibit includes pretty much anything in the animal kingdom. Many of the student-artists worked in the age-old medium of papier-mâché: there's an assemblage of tigers, spiders, lobsters, turtles, and a dinosaur skull. There's a contingent of flora as well as the geological: pineapples, ivy, flowers, and a volcano. The Japanese lanterns flecked with snowflakes are charming in their way, and the money tree shedding dollars is an interesting touch. Tristan French's ink drawing of an ostrich sporting a crown is an odd treat, as are AnneliseDohrer's prints of forlorn looking giraffe. Through February 2 at Addison Street Windows Gallery (2018 Addison St., Berkeley).www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/civicarts/publicart.htm or 510-981-7546.


— Jakki K. Spicer

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