TRIAGE | The bandaged tree

Artists Louise Lavarack and Peter Burke have teamed up to create an art installation aimed at highlighting the value of the city’s trees.

Triage is a roadside memorial to a dying tree near the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. The 30-year-old plane tree, on the corner of Elizabeth and Therry streets, was severely pruned and poisoned through a hole drilled in its base last year. The council desperately tried to save the tree but couldn’t, so they decided to use it to draw attention to tree vandalism.

The artists used a cherry picker to wrap the tree in wadding and gauze bandages, installed a floral tribute at the base where passersby are making their own contributions.