In 2017, the museum was forced to remove the mango tree in Central Courtyard to prevent its encroaching roots from damaging the basement. Wood from the tree went to woodworkers, including award–winning Andy Cole (who is also an Art School instructor), who has used it to created a range of striking bowls.
“Mango is one of my favorite woods to work,” says Cole.”It can be really spectacular and beautiful. It develops spalting—a fungus that gives it spectacular color. Everyone wants koa. So it’s gratifying when people see mango and they shake their heads in disbelief. And to be able to make a piece from wood that has so much museum history and turn it back into something that can last for centuries is a real reward.”
Bowl sizes range from 5-by-2 inches to 17-by-7 inches ($16–$1500).