Monday, January 26, 2015

Tree of Life Doorbell Button: Interconnecting Life on Planet Earth with a Press of a Button

Forms of Tree of Life symbolism can be traced back to ancient civilizations and was a central belief in cultures throughout the world for over a thousand years.  The Tree of Life over the ages and cultures represented many facets of life’s mysteries including: the life cycle of all living things, immortality, as well as the interconnection of all living things.  

Closer to home and modern times, the Tree of Life was an adopted theme of the American Arts & Crafts movement.  I say adopted because the American Arts & Crafts movement of early 1900’s was inspired by Europe’s, particularly England’s, Arts and Craft movement which began roughly a half-century earlier.  The founder of England’s Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris, was known for his elaborate tapestries that often featured nature themes with tree prominently at their center.  His most recognizable tapestry is in fact called The Tree of Life.   Just as tapestry art is a lasting hallmark of England’s Arts and Crafts period, stained art glass is a hallmark of the American Arts & Crafts period.  It should come as no surprise that art glass from the American Arts & Crafts period has its own notable uses of Tree of Life imagery.   The American Arts & Crafts movement’s most prominent architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Greene brothers, prominently incorporated Tree of Life themed art glass in their signature homes.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin house Tree of Life art glass reflects Wright’s characteristic style that is ultra-modern, highly stylized, absolute symmetry, and consisting entirely of geometric shapes.  The stained art glass of the entryway Greene brother’s Gamble house also has a Tree of Life theme.  In contrast to the Martin house, The Gamble house’s art glass depiction of Tree of Life is clearly an inspiration of the natural beauty found nature.  The Gamble house’s Tree of Life features wildly asymmetrical forms constructed of irregular shapes of glass.  It is amazing how two of the most recognized designers associated with the Arts and Crafts movement could create such contrasting interpretations of the Tree of Life while working in the same art glass medium.
Tree of Life Doorbell Button
by Mission Metalworks

Now you too can add Tree of Life symbolism to your home’s entry in an affordable and artful way with Mission Metalworks new Tree of Life doorbell button. Locally cast from 95% recycled domestic copper, the creation of the decorative backplate of this doorbell is in keeping with the continuing cycle of renewal that the Tree of Life has come to symbolize. The design of the Tree of Life is inspired by both Greene brothers and William Morris designs.  Borrowing from William Morris’ tapestry depictions, the doorbell’s Tree of Life’s is home to an assortment of animals including song birds, owl, and a squirrel.   Like the Tree of Life art glass of the Greene brother’s Gamble house, the doorbell’s tree is asymmetrical from tree top to its roots that intertwine around the push button to form the word “PRESS”.