Fremantle: King Square fig trees get a new lease of life

Ben Goodman from Fremantle picture framers Bitches Brew with some of the fig tree wood.
Ben Goodman from Fremantle picture framers Bitches Brew with some of the fig tree wood.

PRESERVING the memory and legacy of the King Square fig trees was the goal for artist Ben Goodman in a recent project .

In July, Fremantle council decided to replace two sick Moreton bay fig trees but donate the wood for community reuse.

Mr Goodman, who is from picture framer and art gallery Bitches Brew, said he always loved the trees and like many people was sad to see them go.

“I wanted to use the wood to make frames that people would enjoy for many years to come, as a way of fondly remembering the trees,” he said.

“We will be aiming to maximise the use of the wood.

“Once we have treated and prepared the wood we will be offering a range of frames.”

The wood would be used not just for frames but for works of art and furniture .

“We have had an enquiry to make a custom frame for a wedding photo taken under the tree,” he said.

“I hope that the people who get a frame made of this wood understand and respect the significant of what they have.

“The seasoning and preparation process for the wood will take several months.”

The two Moreton Bay Fig trees were removed earlier this month and will be replaced with two mature trees.

A London Plane tree will be relocated this week to replace the fig to the south of St John’s Church.