The FOREST OF HOPE project is a celebration of life that connects the beauty of art and nature with people who have freed themselves from the grips of drug and alcohol addiction and are thriving in long-term recovery. Each of the 52 trees in the FOREST OF HOPE represents a life and a journey out of addiciton, underscoring the fact that PEOPLE DO RECOVER.
Throughout the summer of 2017, over 500 participants engaged in workshops led by internationally renowned artist, Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen to share their journeys through addiction into recovery. The workshops culminated with each group’s creation of collaged artwork, based on their conversations, as well as a group statement. Jay then simplified and extracted elements to create templates based on each group’s art, which were hand painted in outlined form on 52 trees in the Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County, MD. On September 16, 2017, more than 500 people assembled to paint the trees and transform them into The FOREST OF HOPE.
Now complete, the forest has come to life with amazing color and and mirrors the beauty, strength and fragility of individuals and their families who have suffered through the pain of addiction, and with conviction are overcoming this disease. Individually, each tree is symbolic of a unique and difficult journey. Collectively, the forest represents a community united in its determination to overcome, share the success of personal accomplishment, and wipe out the stigma associated with the disease for all to see and be inspired by.
For more information on the Forest of Hope or media inquiries, contact Gary Perlow: firstname.lastname@example.org