Clearing the site for the New Burke

June 17, 2016
Burke Museum

Since the New Burke Groundbreaking Celebration on May 18, crews have been busy clearing the site. Construction required the removal of some trees this past week, and the New Burke landscape design calls for planting three new, native trees for every two trees that were removed.

The Burke will make every effort to mitigate this loss by re-using the wood from the felled trees. Wood from a large Madrone (Arbutus Menziesii) tree on the site will cover the walls of the east entrance to the New Burke, surrounding visitors as they embark on their museum experience.

Sven Haakanson, curator of North American anthropology, and Peter Lape, curator of archaeology, plan to use white pine and cedar from the New Burke site to build a replica of one or more of the kayaks in the Burke’s collection. They’ll also use the wood to carve traditional Native masks, spoons, paddles and more.

Sven Haakanson, curator of North American anthropology, salvages wood from a felled tree to carve traditional Native masks, spoons and more.
Photo: Burke Museum


Similar to the “inside-out” vision for the New Burke experience, we hope to provide a glimpse into the two-year construction of the New Burke Museum. Visit the New Burke Project page for answers to common questions about the project.

Read more New Burke updates.

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