On Site | Treetones

Treetones Tour on Governors Island
A Self-Guided Tour Featuring the Trees of Govenors Island

Treetones, is a site-specific installation on Governors Island. Hand-sewn fabric wraps, made from tree rubbings, are tied to 12 different trees on the Island. Visitors are guided by a self-directed tour map to locate and identify the trees. They may also collect bark rubbings from each stop on the tour. Highlighted species include American Elm, Red Oak, Norway Maple, Horse Chestnut and London Plane.

This project was made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Trust for For Governors Island and the National Park Service. govisland.com

The installation will be on view*:

  • May 28th - 31st, 12:00 - 5:00pm
  • June 2 & 3rd, 12:00 - 5:00pm
  • June 13th - 30th, 12:00 - 5:00pm

* Weather Permitting


Take the Treetones Tour:

Find the Trees
Consult the map to locate the 12 unique trees highlighted on the tour. Identify the trees by the distinctive bark rubbing sewn into the orange sash tied around each tree trunk.

1. Pin Oak
2. Red Oak
3. London Plane
4. Ginkgo
5. Willow
6. American Elm
7. Siberian Elm
8. Tuliptree
9. English Elm
10. Norway Maple
11. Honey Locust
12. Horse Chestnut

Collect the Rubbings
Handmade rubbings with the name of the tree and a description of the bark may be found in the pockets of each tree sash. Please take one from each tree.