Luke Bartels is a furniture artisan who works primarily with locally salvaged and sustainably harvested hardwoods, so the challenge to create an art piece out of reclaimed wood wasn’t much of a stretch.

From Luke on this artwork: “Part of the concept of the project is pegging of the price of the bricks to the price of gold…which engages so many of the issues that I’m trying to bring into the piece; market value, commodity fetishism…the charlatanry involved in the trading markets and the green/eco revolution.”

This piece is featured in the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, closing Sept 9.

Image Credits: Luke Bartels, The Wood Standard. California Bay Laurel.

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