Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

She Turns Fallen Leaves Into Stunning Works Of Art.

Once autumn hits, leaves start raining down from the trees. Before you know it, lawns, sidewalks, and even college campuses look golden brown with layers of dead leaves. Now, most people have two choices here, either leave them be and let Mother Nature carry them away in the wind, or grab a rake and clean them up yourself. Most people go for the latter and make mounds of leaves, which they then stuff inside a large black garbage bag. But Joanna Hedrick, a counselor at Sacramento State University, has decided to rake the leaves into stunning works of art. The results are geometrically beautiful!

When the fall season arrives, the crisp weather causes hundreds of leaves to fall from trees like this one.

At Sacramento State University, groundskeepers would simply do what most of us do, and rake the leaves and dump them in a garbage bag. But in 2013, a university counselor came up a brilliant way to use the fallen leaves.

When the fall season arrives, the crisp weather causes hundreds of leaves to fall from trees like this one.


This is Joanna Hedrick, and she's a counselor at the Sacramento State University Student Service Center.

Hedrick likes to celebrate the fall season in a unique, and creative way. Instead of trashing them, she has decided to rake the golden leaves of the gingko trees around campus into unique patterns that are stunningly artistic.

Hedrick's environmental artwork is there to do a lot more than just to look pretty around campus.

The art pieces are her gift to students who are studying for exams. Since she does so many of these, the campus becomes one giant zen garden. This provides a soothing alternative when students are cramming for an exam and need to look up and see something pretty.

Using nothing more than a rake, Hedrick creates all sorts of challenging intricate designs.

From honeycomb to spiraling circles, she does it all, and since she has a background in landscape design and art, this is easy peasy for her. It also allows her to play Mother Nature and transform the environment as it were.

She was inspired to create these geometric shapes by British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Goldsworthy does artwork using rock arrangements, which have been displayed in museums all over the world. As for Hedrick, her art is "about taking something that's already beautiful and making something unique - something you don't just pass by."

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