A Eucalyptus tree on the Claremont Canyon fire trail is enveloped in woven bark. Photo: Mark Humbert

Mark Humbert and Karin Evans were walking along the path leading up Claremont Canyon when they spotted this new art form: bark bombing. Some industrious soul had woven strips of bark into a mat and hung it up on a tree. The artist inscribed the name of the piece into one of the strips: “Always Around You.”

Will bark bombing be the new yarn bombing, a practice that took off in Berkeley over the past few years? What lasts longer, yarn or bark?

Photos by Mark Humbert
Photo: Mark Humbert

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...