California Cathedral – SAFE Credit Union Convention & Performing Arts District Public Art
Towering pines, cedars and firs comprise most of California’s hillsides and mountain landscape. This landscape has served as a haven for contemplation, adventure and wonder. Over the last decade, shifting climate patterns, have compromised this landscape, causing a loss of 147 million trees (2010-2017). In response, the sculpture aims to highlight this threatened landscape by collecting and reinterpreting the trees lost, into a vertical composite. The sculpture itself is a series of wood planks (tree species lost due to climate change) supported by cylinder frame, that echoes a tree form. Community members are invited to interact with the sculpture through an outward and internal experience.
Visitors are encouraged to view the sculpture’s exterior and to enter below its center for an interactive experience. Upon looking up, a circle of wood planks frames a view of the sky, mimicking the forced perspective created in a forest of soaring trees. The sculpture provides a space for contemplation and reflection of habitat loss, a break from the adjacent urban scene, a place to reconnect to California’s changing landscape.