The Phoenix
By Maria G. Pisano Plainsboro, New Jersey: Memory Press, 2016. Open Edition.

5 x 7" tunnel book kit. Digitally printed. Artwork, concept and design by Maria G. Pisano.

Maria Pisano: "Spring is a time of nature’s renewal, bringing with it new life and beauty to share. Using the Callery pear Survivor Tree as my inspiration, this tunnel book celebrates the return of the tree to the 9-11 Memorial plaza. Today it stands as a symbol of strength, resilience, and the indestructible spirit of hope.

"Book 1 in Memory Press Capture the Wonder series. A tunnel book kit, with 5 panels and a base inside a slipcase, with directions in back and pre-cut to reveal the depth of the design. These pages are intended to be colored and assembled so that each one becomes a unique artist book."

This Callery pear tree became known as the Survivor Tree after surviving the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. The tree was found at Ground Zero severely damaged. It was removed from the rubble and rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. In 2010 the tree was returned to the Memorial.