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“Tree of the Universe” a Record Breaker

Photo: Peter Lik “Tree of the Universe”
By Adrian Zupp

When Peter came back from Hawai’i with the shot which was later named “Tree of the Universe,” everyone at LIK USA™ immediately knew it was a winner. In fact, everyone was blown away.

It turns out that first impressions were a very good indicator of future performance: “Tree of the Universe” virtually sold out in just 33 hours! This eclipses Peter’s previous fastest seller, the majestic “Tree of Hope,” which sold out in 72 hours.

“It’s just incredible news,” said Peter from New York, where he was winding up his media work for “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” “Everyone’s been so stoked about the TV show, and the Times Square screen, and the media attention and everything else that’s been happening. And then I get a call that ‘Tree of the Universe’ is my best-ever seller. I just feel so bloody lucky to be doing what I love and have so much success with it.”

Depicting the silhouette of a leafless tree against a dazzling celestial backdrop, “Tree of the Universe” was taken on the Big Island of Hawai’i during the filming of the first episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” It is part of a series of nine Big Island shots that form the Peter Lik Premier Edition.

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Posted on April 2, 2011 at 4:00 am



  1. Great shot, Peter! Loved watching your enthusiasm on your new TV show. One question: what does it mean to “sell out in 33 hours”? How many did you sell? Will you be selling more later?


    Comment by Harry Hitzeman on April 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

  2. Hi Harry. Each release generally has 950 Limited Edition prints and 45 that are called Artist Proofs. After that, no more are released. And to get the best price you can on a print, you have to get in as early as possible. All the best.

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 4, 2011 at 9:04 am


    From The Edge with Peter Lik interview link

    Comment by Ellen Davis on April 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  4. Thanks for the article A….that is an incredible photo.

    Comment by Darleen Prem on April 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

  5. Thanks Darleen.

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

  6. So if 950 Limited Edition’s are printed and 45 Artist Proofs (which I’m assuming are more valuable because there are so few) how many are left of this shot?

    Can I buy them from someone on the secondary market?

    Comment by Andrew Jardine on April 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  7. Hi Andrew. Sorry for the delay in responding. I tried to get the appropriate person to email you directly but they said that your email addy didn’t work. If you would shoot us an email at with a working email address, they’ll get in touch. Thanks.

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

  8. briefly saw a contest that was advertized to submit a photo …
    have a sunset photo that Id love to send to the contest,, but cant seem to find
    the details?? is that contest just regional here in chicago? thanks Laura Lynn

    Comment by laura lynn insalaco on April 6, 2011 at 5:11 am

  9. Sorry for the delay in responding, Laura. Go here to enter the competition:!/TWCFromtheEdge?sk=app_142913599108159

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

  10. This is stunning. What is that drama in the sky behind the tree?

    Comment by DeepC on April 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

  11. A great many stars captured with a long exposure.

    Comment by Staff Writer on May 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  12. Absolutely stunning, looks like everything came together nicely for this shot. My wife saw Peter on the Today show and taped the shows for me as she knew I would love it. I am in awe of what Peter does and hope to someday have the time to do more of the photography I love. Keep it up guys, great blog!

    Comment by Jarod Pace on April 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  13. Thanks Jarod!

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

  14. How long an exposure was it? would he stars not have moved in that time?

    Comment by gari beet on May 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

  15. Comment by Staff Writer on May 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

  16. I love this piece so much I added to my collection. I am curious what part of the Universe Peter has captured . . . do you know?

    Comment by Rafe on May 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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