Circle O Trees

2011 ArtPrize Entry
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Circle O Trees is a indoor mosaic panel in the tradition of art deco but like none other. The base is a reused dresser mirror with an application of stained glass, literally depicting a circle of twelve trees. The center is a knot of roots representing the connectedness of all things in a style suggestive of Native American or Irish influence. The trees resemble human anatomy, with the top spot depicting the man tree with his arms folded and sporting a large brain, or Celtic braid if you prefer. He is flanked by the woman and child trees showing traditional family values. The apple tree, representing original sin, is balanced by the love tree. The corner decoration is intentionally Irish. The color palette of the trees indicates racial diversity. Light passes through the colored glass to be reflected by the mirror beneath to create a dazzling explosion of color and light. The more you look the more you discern.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Stained glass mosaic
  • Width: 3
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 3

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Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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