Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Unstructured Trees

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
-- Joyce Kilmer

Axel Erlandson was a man who not only saw the poetry in trees, but who was able to participate in that poetry to create something the likes of which exist nowhere else.

With inhumane patience, he took ordinary trees and shaped them into works of sculpture. Although Erlandson passed away in 1964, his "arborsculptures" can still be visited at Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy, California. Here's some samples of his work.

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