Shelley Miller is a Montreal-based artist who works in public spaces, creating both ephemeral street art installations, as well as permanent public art commissions. She has presented her work across Canada as well as India, Brazil and Australia. She earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (1997) and a Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University (2001). She has received numerous fellowships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec and the Commonwealth Foundation.
Her work has been acquired by The City of Montreal, The Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil), Reliance Industries (Mumbai, India), the Just for Laughs Museum (Montreal, QC) as well as many private collectors.
This circular-shaped sculpture represents a tree section, with its growth rings formed by a concentric group of books cast in concrete. The great precision of this casting was possible due to the use of Ducal concrete, which can be accurately shaped into complex forms, allowing the spine and edge of the books to be discerned. The representation of books in this sculpture is a reminder of the venerable teaching and learning vocation of this site.