Ascent II, 2016

Steel, vinyl, grommets, cable, soil, juniper trees

9' x 40' x 15'

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Ascent II was originally designed and installed at Penland School of Crafts. The piece was recently installed as part of the Floyd Center for the Arts Art Works for Us program and will be on view through July 2017. The piece consists of seven juniper trees spiraling out from a central point within the courtyard. Vinyl mesh cones were fabricated in order to hold and embrace each growing tree, eventually suspending them above the ground. This fabric was chosen for its durability and its resemblance to natural burlap, the material used to wrap a tree's roots for transport. In addition, steel rings and legs are utilized mainly for structure, but add an element of simple line aesthetics to the overall piece. Rather than seven separate entities, Ascent II is to be viewed as a transition in the life of one juniper tree; grounded, gradually uprooted and then existing in a higher spiritual realm.

*Special thanks to Sailrite for the donation of fabric used in this project.