Project Submitted: 6/26/2015
This project was for Vernon Hills High School, (Vernon Hills, IL) to recognize the contribution of a retiring Art Teacher after 30 years. It is a 12' steel tree whose bark is created out of 14g hot rolled steel cut into large scale paint brushes, pencils and ink pens. After welding these to an armature made of varying diameter rods (1/2" - 1") I used all scrap to blend layers and create the base roots. The branches are formed using a bark-textured steel whose pattern does not repeat in a 20' length (not extruded or hammered- it's rolled & pressed). The leaves, which are wired on so they move in the wind, are Catalpa (heart shaped), plasma cut with donor names and painted copper, to add a bit of "flash". I included some "extras" in this project so curious kids have discovery moments: various words are written in weld bead (create, grow, passion, live) also there is a small 3D lizard on the trunk and a nest made of mig wire, cable, chain and odd bits of steel with 3 baby birds with open beaks looking at a mother bird that sits on the branch above. The school mascot is a Bluebird. The tree was dedicated on May 21, 2011. It sits in a 10' diameter brick planter that the ecology club planted with plants found in our area.
Hobart Handler mig welder, Argon/CO2 gas, appropriate consumables, Solar Plasma Cutter using extended consumable tips, Jackson auto-darkening helmet, Black Stallion size small welding gloves, Makita angle grinders, Vinyard Longbars supplied by King Architectural Metals, 16g green coated copper wire (for leaves), hot rolled steel, Rustoleum Hammered Finish copper spray paint
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