A Seed Takes Root: A True Story


by Michele Oka Doner


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A Seed Takes Root describes a decades-long relationship between the author and a banyan tree that begins when the author is a young girl. For her, the tree is a place for play, for refuge, and also a source of inspiration. While this is a true story of one tree and one girl/woman/artist that celebrates a particular banyan tree, it is also a testament to the quiet power shared by all trees. Further, this beautifully told story is not only of the relationship between an artist and a tree, but is a strong environmental statement made more effective by being non-polemical.

The banyan tree featured in the book is in the process of being designated a City of Miami Beach heritage tree. In 2021, Michele Oka Doner was officially proclaimed guardian of the ninety-five-year-old banyan tree by the City of Miami Beach. A book and work of art that defies classification, A Seed Takes Root is simultaneously an art book, a poetic meditation, a memoir, a fable, and a tale suitable for children and for readers of all ages.


"An 'artist's book' in the best sense of that term, with the touch of the artist who created it palpable everywhere in its pages." —Leonard S. Marcus

“Conveys a materiality that leaps off the printed page” —Galerie Magazine

“Will certainly plant loving seeds in young souls, who will want to have an intimate relationship with trees, just like the artist. The publication’s carefully crafted splendor will make it a true treasure in their lives.” Suzanne Ramljak, Chief Curator, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

A Seed Takes Root: A True Story, by acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner, is an homage to the natural world and to one very special banyan tree in particular.

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose production encompasses sculpture, prints, drawings, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design, and artist’s books. She is well known for such permanent art installations as Flight at Reagan International Airport and A Walk on the Beach at Miami International Airport. Oka Doner’s work is found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.


Publication Date | September 12, 2023 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

72 Pages

40 Original Color Paintings and Collages

8.5 x 11.2 in.

$24.99 ($33.99 CAN)