The sculpture is 20 feet tall and will be composed of bent steel pipe and CNC-cut sheet steel welded into sections and bolted together. Its gnarled root-like legs (which create a 15ft footprint) hold the central tower 8 to 10 feet off the ground, allowing participants to walk under the sculpture. As the spire rises, its gothic arches twist and taper, giving the illusion that it extends into the sky. A wheel is located at the base of the tower. The wheel will allow participants to rotate the top of the tower, which at night will emit a powerful light similar to a lighthouse The internal structure of the root-like base will be composed of steel pipe and tube, ensuring adequate support for the tower. The legs will be covered in a decorative "bark" created by welding recycled off-cut pipe into a shell around load-bearing metalwork.
Participants are meant to engage with the sculpture physically. The structure itself will serve as an interactive lighthouse, in addition to encouraging participants to climb, sit, dance and look upon it. At the base, there will be a large wheel which, when turned, will rotate the top tier of the tower. Turning the wheel will be possible for one person, but as more people work together, rotating the beacon will become effortless. The sculpture will serve as a meeting spot as well as a venue for aerial performances and body suspension. Some performances will be planned, but the sculpture is meant to be left alone for the community to use as they see fit.
The piece is inspired by the natural balance of organic and geometric properties in nature. The title refers to a red maple tree, a symbol of endurance and the passing of time. The tower combines gothic architecture and modern technology; new methods being used to resurrect an old style. The passage of time is important to me, and whether it is my perspective or an objective truth, society as a whole feels to be entering into a new season. It feels like something is ending, but as we pass from autumn into winter, so follows spring.
Where the funds will go:
Building Materials (we need a literal ton of steel!)
Power - solar panels/generator
- John B Turner
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