The 18-ft Stainless Steel stylized tree sculpture features a half dozen gold-leaf oranges and a single mockingbird.
We are thrilled that this installation was able to be completed during less than ideal circumstances due to CoVid19. Our team worked well alongside Brookfield SoCal to install the sculpture. It was important to get it placed so that The Groves can complete their land and hardscaping and complete this beautiful new community. Thanks for everyone’s great effort! We hope the piece becomes an iconic centerpiece for the neighborhood and can’t wait to see it finished.
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Look for installation photos next week!
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We promise all these pieces will create a tree...
Also working on the little details like fitting the plates for the main trunk, pacify the stainless welds, attach the devices for the oranges in the limbs and finish the oranges. Mockingbird/Orange Tree by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors' Guild.
-The welded trunk and limb number 1with extra orange branch and to the right limb #2Limb
-#2 with extra branch for orange
-Limb #7 with orange branch which attaches to the upper section of the trunk
-Welded trunk midsection. The temporarily attached aluminum plates are to absorb heat and reduce warp on the 1/2” thick joining plates
-ring sections ready for install on limbs
-To the left, a photo from the top of of one of my tool boxes. In the foreground is the cast bronze and gold leafed Mockingbird that was finished over holiday break. Also, there is a 14” scaled model that is 3-D printed version of the Orange/Mockingbird Tree for my daily reference and to help curious folks see what I am building. In the background is a partial view of the 45K sq. ft. facility that I have a space in south of Little Rock.
-Below are a few images of pallets of parts for the tree project. The second photo has a wooden template for the base plate of the sculpture. This will be mailed to the concrete contractor that will do the footing for the tree project at the appropriate time.
-A photo of setting up the triple concentric rings that become the spheres that go on the tree form.
-Next, a photo of the lower and upper tree trunk forms bolted together. You can see one of the sphere’s near the trunk and one in progress on my work table.
• Composed from contemporary materials that are consistent with permanent public art
• Thoughtfully integrates the sculpture into the environment of "The Groves"
• Creates a playful image that engages the public imagination