Courtesy: Paul Sorey
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Tree Branch

Seattle, Washington

Paul Sorey

Pratt Park: Northern part of the park near an intersection of sidewalks, 1800 S. Main St., Seattle, Washington, 98144
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2006
Placement:  parks (grounds)
Artwork Type:  outdoor sculpture, public sculpture
Material:  stainless steel, concrete
Description:  Made of colored mortar, concrete and stainless steel inlays, Paul Sorey’s Tree Bench takes the shape of a tree sliced in half lengthwise, floating above the ground and inviting visitors to sit on its trunk and branches. The artwork functions as a place to sit and play. It also layers references --such as a river system. The tree is created of hundreds of small stainless steel flat bars (4 (4 inches to 12 inches) welded to form the "bark" of the tree. The steel creates a textural and organic surface. The interior of the steel form has a concrete base covered by a final surface of colored mortar topped with embedded stainless strips.

"The main concept of the artwork is the tree form that symbolizes the living, growing and diverse branches of human culture that come together to form a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts," says Sorey. The artwork is located at Pratt Park.

Funding Source: Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Parks Levy 1% for Art and Department of Neighborhoods Matching Funds Grant.

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