Every Year This University Employee Rakes Leaves Into Stunning Works Of Art And Leaves It For Students To Find
You might not have a favorite season but Joanna Hedrick, a counselor at the Sacramento State University Student Service Center definitely does. Since 2013, Joanna has been celebrating Fall by arranging the golden leaves of the campus’ gingko trees into complex labyrinths and other intricate patterns.
“[My art] is about taking something that’s already beautiful and making something unique—something you don’t just pass by,”
Hedrick told Sactown Magazine.
Her project began when Hendrick wanted to create an interesting backdrop for photos of her two children, 8-year-old Sagan and 4-year-old Emil. She ended up raking a golden masterpiece and it quickly gained admirers both on campus and across social media.
Now, she creates about six designs annually as the trees drop their leaves as a gift to students who are studying for their finals. Drawing inspiration from well-regarded British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, Joanna is constantly outdoing herself, each time raking more and more complex arrangements.