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Poet Laureate Legacy Tree by Glenn Closson


Poet Laureate Legacy Tree by Glenn Closson
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Artwork DescriptionMetal tree ordained with a metal ribbon hanging in the branches and an engraved poem (by Victoria's first Poet Laureate Carla Funk) running along the ribbons. The poem is entitled "Hide and Seek". The tree has 275 -300 forged metal leaves connected to the various branches.
Artwork StatementVictoria is so beautiful and has so many wonderful trees that I wanted to create something that would integrate more nature into our urban setting. I wanted it to look as if the organic form had grown in place and become part of the pole - each helping to support the other. I wanted the poem to be displayed on soft flowing banners that looked like they had been rolled out and gently placed in the branches. The lines of Carla Funk’s poem "from the gutter" and "point out stars" helped me realize that this art piece must start at ground level and reach towards the sky. Many of the leaves near the top point skyward. The title "Hide & Seek" also played a part in the design. I have hidden and old English penny from a local Fort St. coin dealer in the base of the trunk as Victoria has a lot of English heritage.

About Glenn Closson

Artist BioGlenn Closson began his welding training as a high school student before attending Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, graduating with a diploma in Welding Engineering Technology and a CSA certificate in Welding Inspection. He relocated to Victoria in 1984 where he continued his career with VI Steel Ltd. before starting his own company, Crescent Moon Forge, in 1995. His work can be seen in Government House, the Provincial Legislature and numerous private estates and properties.
Artist ResumeWelding Engineering Technology - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology CSA certificate in Welding Inspection

Details

Artwork TypeSculpture
MediumMild steel, all hot dipped galvanized, patinated and painted/stained.
Unveiled dateFebruary 03, 2009
Dimensions15.5 feet x 6' wide approximately
Reference #3845
SiteBroughton Street at Government Street, connected to the lamp standard.
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: Downtown

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