The Tree of Campus Life stands, metaphorically, at the intersection of student life and wellbeing. But physically, it finds itself positioned at one of the busiest crossroads on Wake Forest’s campus—the sidewalk crossing behind the Benson Center. And while this wooden form may take on the shape of the university’s iconic trees, it is more than just a decorative motif; it is a piece with a message and a mission. The idea behind this tree is that of life—of promoting true living. Life on campus is more than just existing; it is a matter of wellbeing. And sometimes pursuing that wellbeing means taking time to escape from the myriad of stressors lurking on campus in order to find the space to momentarily de-stress. Ultimately, this tree serves as a signpost to those sorts of spaces where you can just take a moment to breathe. From its branches hang signs painted with a series of outward-facing arrows, pointing out from the heart of campus towards some of the under-visited destinations Wake has to offer, from the community garden off Polo Road to the tree swings on Davis Field. So in this busy season of hectic schedules—of tests and papers—you can look towards The Tree of Campus Life to be directed towards relief.
Artist: Will Coleburn
Sponsor: Event Resources Management (an on-campus group engaged in student life and wellbeing, overseen by the Office of the Dean of Students)
When to look for it: Finals Week 2015
Where to look for it: The sidewalk crossing at the base of the hill behind Shorty's