Mirare reflects nature's ongoing transformation of matter into energy, of life into life. Placed as a sentinel at the forest's edge, the art work invites us to venture into nature with respect and reverence. The sculptural form works on two levels - in one sense it depicts the physical form of an actual tree, while at the same time providing a more abstract reflection on the life-cycle of the rainforest in which we live. In its lower reaches, Mirare models the standing trunk of a wind-topped fir capturing the precise details of bark, fungi and fauna in its cast stainless steel surface. The top portion of the sculpture, rendered in polished stainless, represents the tree’s return to the land.
Stainless steel, 18 ft. tall by 3 ft. wide
About the artists:
Artists Cheryl Hamilton & Michael Vandermeer form the artistic collaboration that is ie. They believe that art can serve to inspire and provide a moment of celebration and community interaction when placed outside the gallery walls and into public space. Cheryl and Michael work with themes that involve nature and physics, combining their different backgrounds: art and science respectively. As artists that fabricate and install their own work, practicalities such as material choices, production schedules and production techniques are considered from the moment of an idea’s germination.
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