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Living Redwood

Kevin Clifford's avatar Kevin Clifford

The main idea behind this painting is the power of being connected with others, especially, during a crisis such as the recent pandemic. We can look to the Redwood forest as an example of how interconnectedness works. Human connection circles can take many forms including family, church, and support groups to name a few. The redwood tree is one of the biggest trees in the world, getting up to 275 ft tall, 25 feet in diameter, and can live for up to 2,500 years. You would think something that huge must have an incredible root system that goes down deep in order to stand that tall, but it does not. Redwood trees have a unique root system that is a marvel, compared to their mammoth size. Their roots are relatively shallow, and yet, these trees rarely fall over. They withstand strong winds, earthquakes, fires, storms, and prolonged flooding. How can something up to 500 tons, reaching over 350 feet in height, and live for many centuries remain standing with a shallow root system? The interesting thing about the redwood tree is that their root system is intertwined with the other redwood trees, literally holding each other up. The trees grow very close together and are dependent on each other for nutrients, as well. Beneath the surface of these gigantic trees are roots that are like a army of men who have their arms interlocked, standing and supporting each other. They are preventing the adversities in life from knocking each other down. They are also making sure there is plenty of nutrients for growth to continue.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic
  • Width: 48 inches
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 36 inches