Urban Trees

Urban Trees 4 Selections

30 Artworks . One Waterfront . Urban Trees 4


"Tree in the Key of Life"
David Hartwell

This musical tree plays as the wind blows, with assorted sizes of copper tubing suspended from branches creating the symphonic element. It is painted with green and brown patinas that will deepen over time and protect and enrich the sculpture.



"Ascent"
Alber De Matteis

This stainless steel and bronze sculpture was inspired by the life-force within a tree. The curved steel branches ascend toward the sky, representing the aspiration that is present in all forms of life.



"Out of School"
Beverly Hartgrave

Brightly painted ceramic fish and coiled seaweed are reminiscent of days spent along San Diego Bay. The artist was inspired by her memories of growing up in San Diego when she created this whimsical sculpture.



"Seahorse Tree"
Frank Mando

Inspired by snorkeling adventures, the artist created a marine fantasy with a seahorse gracefully floating over seagrass. "Seahorse Tree" reminds us of the wonders beneath the sea.



"Ballenas"
Jon Koehler & Neil Shigley

Two graceful abstract shapes gently rock with the wind’s movement. The shapes are constructed out of stainless steel and represent migrating whales in this kinetic sculpture.



"Tree Man with Red Birds"
Julia Klemek

An anthropomorphic tree featuring a man who is a nurturer and a protector of life, this sculpture was created from kiln-fired clay. Red birds make a home in his heart and one prepares to learn how to fly. The textures and surfaces of this sculpture relate to both tree bark and to the forces of wind and water.



"Orange Tree"
Guy & Ellen Mayenobe

The artists spell out the word "tree" in this welded steel sculpture. Bright orange paint enhances the bold block lettering, thus the appropriate title, "Orange Tree."



"Slice"
Linda Joanou

The artist captures the ever-changing environment that surrounds us. Sometimes life is hard, sometimes it’s smooth. There are rounded edges and rough textures. "Slice" represents all of this in a tree of stainless steel and copper.



"Family Tree by the Sea"
Carolyn Guerra

Feel the movement of the waves and the attachment to the sea. The father is a stalwart tree supporting and protecting his family. The fanciful mother joins the embrace of the toddler who is a combination of both parents. The arms are a circle of love. The binary opposition of fragile, shiny glass and rough, solid concrete reflects on family-life conflicts and harmony.



"Not Seen, Not Heard, But Felt"
James Stone

A vibrant representation of life under the sea, "Not Seen, Not Heard, But Felt" stresses the importance of understanding our ocean life and the human impact upon it. The artist uses steel, glass, plastic and rubber to portray the many different creatures and plants of the sea.



"The Melotree"
Jean Cornwell

Two trumpeters in dazzling colors sound the universal language around the globe – music. "The Melotree" represents the miles between us made smaller with the sharing of creativity and music.



"One with the Wave"
Jennifer Cannon

Celebrating the art of surfing and California’s surfing culture, this sculpture captures the power and chaotic nature of an ocean wave. A surfer and wave seem to be a single form in this graceful piece that is constructed of stainless steel.



"San Diego Synergy"
Kent Kraber

The wildlife found along San Diego’s shoreline and beneath its waters is captured in this stainless steel sculpture. Different varieties of seabirds and fish mesh with sailboats and the fluid curves of wind and water.



"Turtle Tree"
Cynthia Santos

Landscape and seascape are united in this sculpture which features a sea turtle as a canopy for shade. The artist was inspired by the desire to bring awareness to the endangered Green Sea Turtle that resides in San Diego Bay. Rolled steel was utilized to portray the sea environment.



"Lepidoptree"
Jim Rockoff

A tree that gives us a lesson in nature, the "Lepidoptree" depicts the life stages of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. From the caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly stage, this tree aims to educate both children and adults on the beauty of nature. The sculpture is constructed from wood, aluminum and fiberglass cloth.



"Oops… there goes another rubber tree plant!"
Jim Trask

This whimsical sculpture reflects a line from the famous childhood song "High Hopes." A red ant attempts to scale the giant rubber tree plant constructed of metal and finished in bright primary colors. This artwork will inspire the child in everyone.



"RT-6A89"
Nicole David

As a child vacationing with grandparents, the artist was first introduced to palm trees. A native New Yorker, now California resident, she has been exploring rubber as a recyclable material and finds it refreshing to see conscious efforts to preserve our environment. Inspired by recycled materials and childhood memory, the artist pays homage to a paradise idea with "RT-6A89".



"Coastal Species Shuffle"
Tim Schirack

Almost like a board game, this sculpture encourages viewers to interact with it by flipping the panels to reveal a species frequently seen around San Diego. The Harbor Seal, Brown Pelican, Surf Kid and Killer Whale are interchangeable and include brief stories related to San Diego’s water culture. The artwork is made from wood and aluminum.



"Have You Seen My Sunglasses?"
Leslie Perlis & Terry Douglas

Sunglasses are a ubiquitous part of the Southern California culture, but the pair in this sculpture is anything but ordinary. A beach scene is reflected in the lenses of this 6 1/2-foot-wide pair made out of steel and fused glass.



"Bloom"
Jennifer Anderson & Christopher Flores

Drawing from its proximity to downtown, "Bloom" was fabricated using urban construction materials including concrete and steel. While the sculpture’s material inspiration comes from the land, its stylized form reflects the sleek vessels that frequent the harbor. Although the three-dimensional object is leafless, its shadow in full bloom is a constant reminder of the potential for beauty and life.



"Osprey"
Maria De Castro

The artist has always admired the graceful osprey, which can be seen along San Diego Bay. This sculpture features a female figure with an osprey head holding a fish. Wearing a kelp skirt and a headdress that represents the sun, she is made from ceramic, metal, wood and glass mosaic pieces.



"Half Day Out of San Diego"
Eldon Slick

Different varieties of ocean fish leap out of the water towards three anglers’ lines in this springy sculpture. Flexible steel wire allows the lures on the fishing lines to bob and sway with the wind. The sculptural fish are made from aluminum and reflect the shimmer of San Diego Bay.



"Four Seasons Tree"
Amos Robinson

This sculpture operates much like a weather vane. Constructed of aluminum and stainless steel, the artist chose warm colors to reflect the sun and warmth of San Diego. The stainless steel will reflect the light of the vibrant Embarcadero.



"A TriFlow of Truth"
Lia Strell

The artist believes there is a dynamic relationship between Imagination, Intuition and Inspiration, "A Triflow of Truth" is the symbol of all three as the feminine emerges (the curves) along with the masculine (the metal). The rose quartz in the deep center represents the love spark that ignites creativity.



"Aquamarine Dream"
Lance Jordan

The fluidity of line and form as they move through space parallels the energy of wind and water in this flowing sculptural tree. Mosaics, colored cement and stained glass are used to create the colors and patterns of the ocean atmosphere.



"Helicoid III"
Robert Pietruszewski

A marvel of engineering, this aluminum and stainless steel sculpture includes kinetic components that seem to balance in midair. Its motion is accomplished by five independent and compound axes of rotation, allowing the sculpture to wind into a spiral and other shapes.



"Tangerine Treeoarknot"
Gale McCall

With this beautifully rusted steel artwork, the artist conveys that a paddle is often made from a tree and that the tree transforms into something that transports us along the waterways.



"Ascending"
Cecilia Lueza

A brightly colored kite sculpture that seems to ascend to the sky, this artwork is interactive and invites the viewer to gently rotate it. Created in an art nouveau style that also allows it to be reminiscent of the past, the sculpture is constructed of plastic, aluminum, resins, epoxies and steel.



"Monocot"
Cameron Van Dyke

Looking closely at this sculpture, one can envision the form of a palm tree or a flower ensconced within. The artist uses this representation to illustrate how industrialization places the natural world in an artificial landscape. The sculpture is constructed of fiberglass.



"Burgee Tree"
Kelsy Hartley

The Burgee Tree honors the nautical traditions in seaports. Its metaphor for a tree encompasses the metaphor of a ship. The aluminum pole is both mast and trunk. The green burgees are flags and leaves. Dressed festively from the eight points of the compass, the colorful burgees, made from urban M3 diamond grade vinyl, reflect both sunshine and headlights alike.


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