Indus Tree

Indus Tree

Probably my favorite piece of work I have created to date. This tree is made from ferrous steel pipe and sheet and stands about nine feet tall with a canopy diameter of about the same. I made it almost entirely from scrap left behind from Sculpture 1 students. The support structure in the trunk is made from three lengths of one inch diameter pipe bent to shape and welded together and the larger limbs are made the same way. As the branches get smaller they turn into single pieces of pipe. The bark is randomly cut pieces of sheet tacked together and welded directly onto the pipe support structure. This bark goes up pretty far onto the small branches but it became too difficult to bend to shape on the smaller ones so I ended up just using the welding wire to create a texture further up the tree. The construction gave me a very naturally looking flow to the limbs that I would not have thought possible before making it.

If the Coal Fruit Tree taught me anything, it was that I needed to make it come apart easily so I could fit it into vehicles and especially through doors, so this tree comes a part into six pieces. This is accomplished by matching three pieces of rod to the three pieces of pipe used in the support structure. The rods slide right into the pipes to make a really sturdy connection that is easy to dismantle and reassemble. The pieces of bark are welded on the upper piece to overlap the bark on the lower piece so it completely hides the connection point. If you didn’t know it comes a part, you would never be able to tell by looking at it.