About the project:
Pineros, the Spanish word given to treeplanters and Christmas tree workers, is a project that uses the Christmas tree tradition to honor and create curiosity about the people who care for and harvest Christmas trees. By way of a gift, a handblown glass ornament with a treeworker’s name, families in Portland, Oregon were invited to honor these workers by hanging the ornament on their tree, and effectively integrating this person into their family traditions.
If you are family or person who has received an ornament please share your experience in the comment section!
My name is Betty Marin and I’m an artist currently living in Portland, Oregon. I am from Los Angeles, and a child of working class immigrant parents. After moving here, I became interested in both the landscape of the state, as well as the growing immigrant population that maintains much of the agricultural industry here. This project, and others is an opportunity for me to create more of a connection and conversation about and between the historical and newer communities in the state.