Crystal Foundation Unveils “Tree of Hope”

February 8th, 2019 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

“The Tree of Hope” was created by world-renowned Taiwanese artist Lin Shih-Pao, serving as an homage to the sport of baseball, while pitching a message of environmental consciousness and world unity.

The Crystal Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Crystal Window and Door Systems, recently unveiled its latest art exhibit—a 25-foot-tall structure, with an 8-foot diameter base, that’s comprised of baseballs from around the world. Created by world-renowned Taiwanese artist Lin Shih-Pao, “The Tree of Hope” serves as an homage to the sport of baseball, while pitching a message of environmental consciousness and world unity. More than 30 countries contributed 25,000 baseballs to the initiative, which is illuminated by 10,000 LED lights. Some of the balls used in its display are new, company officials say, but most were used in actual games from little leagues to the major leagues. Professional U.S. teams, such as the Mets, Phillies, Orioles and Yankees donated baseballs for the project, along with teams from Canada, Latin America, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Europe, and more—including autographs by entire teams and baseball legends. The project was two years in the making and will be on exhibit at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“As a longtime supporter of the arts, I am very pleased to sponsor the “Tree of Hope” and its creator, Lin Shih-Pao,” says Crystal Foundation chair Thomas Chen, who is also the chair and founder of Crystal Windows. “I feel the true hidden value of this contemporary work is the incredible international response to Lin’s invitation to donate baseballs to the project. Countries from around the world are represented here in the spirit of unity and hope …”

The Crystal Foundation was established in 2002 by the Chen Family to support art, culture and educational initiatives. Its latest display was unveiled February 4, on the eve of the Asian Lunar New Year, at Crystal’s headquarters in Flushing, N.Y.

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