Garden Art forum: People Trees

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Sep 26, 2011 2:14 PM CST
Here is some inventive and unique garden art that I ran across today.


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Pine Man


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Pine Man close-up

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Smoke Jumper

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Smoke Jumper close-up

New York Times: The monumental works in “Joseph Wheelwright: Tree Figures,” from 16 ½ to 27 feet tall, began life upside down as live trees rooted in the soil on the artist’s 40-acre property in East Corinth, Vt.

“I start by looking for trees with bifurcated trunks,” said Mr. Wheelwright, a sculptor who lives in Boston with his wife, Susan MacGregor Wheelwright.

“If the hips and the swing of the legs look good, I poke down into the roots to see what the tree is going to give me for shoulders. Sometimes you can follow the root structure all the way out to the fingers.”

Having identified a promising specimen, Mr. Wheelwright, 63, fells the top portion of the tree, which will not be part of the figure, and then, using customized equipment, uproots and inverts the remainder.

“It’s a big deal,” he said. “You have to use a crane to gently remove it, or sometimes I build a ramp so when the tree falls it pulls the roots up and out.”

Completing the sculpture involves adapting and adding to the existing growth to form the head and facial features and position the arms and hands.

“I use every part of the tree that is appealing.

More: (Caution: one of the images is sexual in nature): http://www.joewheelwright.com/galleryExhTree.htm
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Sep 26, 2011 2:20 PM CST

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Larry, I love the photos. CJ also posted about these! You all must read the same newspaper.
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Sep 26, 2011 2:22 PM CST
OOPS! Shoulda checked the other threads in the forum before I posted. *Blush*

Click on the link at the bottom of my post for more of Wheeleright's tree sculptures.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Sep 26, 2011 2:25 PM CST

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No problem at all! I'm going to the link right now! Big Grin
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Boopaints
Sep 26, 2011 2:28 PM CST

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I LOVE the dog!

BTW, Larry....I'm having fun working on your Angel. Big Grin
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Sep 26, 2011 6:42 PM CST
So do I! It takes a truly creative person to find a dog in the roots of a tree. Thumbs up
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Sep 26, 2011 8:29 PM CST

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His mind would be fun to explore....really genius!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 27, 2011 6:46 AM CST
Great tree art. Luv it. Thumbs up
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vic
Sep 27, 2011 8:46 AM CST

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Wow - that is beautiful tree art.... Thumbs up
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dirtpig
Sep 27, 2011 9:29 AM CST
That's just awesome
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JuneBug
Sep 28, 2011 8:59 PM CST
What a creative mind...

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