Pennsylvania-based artist Fred Gilmour created his Ashes to Art 3D piece entitled "Triage."
Gilmour's "Triage" incorporates watercolor paper, soot, medical supplies, charcoal and actually burned branches from the fires.
"'Triage' reflects man's need to immediately 'fix' a situation and move on," Gilmour said. "Three of the charred pieces show our need to repair the damage by 'grafting' new sprouts onto the burned 'tissue.' Even though such fires are a ritual that's been played out over thousands of years, it's necessary for the renewal of the wildlands."
Ashes To Art spokesperson, Lori Joseph, says this is an opportunity to make something positive out of a negative situation.
Proceeds from the online sale of the artworks benefit volunteer fire departments in burn areas.
Over 70 artists from coast to coast and Alaska have agreed to participate since the projects inception in mid-August.
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