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Kroeze Krew

ONE expresses the unity we strive for in our global culture by recognizing how diversity forms a beautiful fullness in the human experience. Using exotic hardwoods from around the world to represent individual groups of people, ONE combines the shape of arms and hands melding together to form a singular limb stretching skyward. Each species of hardwood is grouped together at the base, conveying the segregation of people such as we have experienced in our history. As time and events unfold—proceeding upward through the arm—the pieces begin to integrate, reflecting our changing attitudes and our striving toward embracing diversity. Each individual piece was hand-drawn and cut to shape. The inexact fit of each piece with its neighbor resulting from this process conveys that even within homogeneous groups, we do not experience perfect harmony. However, we continue to aspire toward unity, bringing us to the “ONE” finger that melds the woods together, forming the dream toward which we strive: to be ONE in mutual respect, common purpose and celebration of each other's uniqueness. The woods used in ONE are: Wenge, Walnut, Mahogany, Yellowheart and Ash. ONE is 12 feet tall and 8 feet around the base.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3'
  • Medium: Wood
  • Width: 3'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 12'

About Kroeze Krew

The Kroeze Krew is composed of family members who have worked together to develop the concept of the entry and to bring it to life. Sons Nick and Nate, along with son-in-law Chet Glass, have helped execute the work with me in three previous ArtPrize entries. My wife, Gloria, and daughter, Angie, have assisted with concept formation, publicity, public relations and various logistics.