The sculpture is on the north side of the park on a
semicircular concrete slab protruding into the arboretum from the
walking path that circumnavigates the park. The artist, Francis Fox
chose this site because of its potential for a quiet and intimate
experience with the sculpture, the arboretum, and the cemetery.
The bronze sculpture will also function as a circular bench. Most
of the artists' research for this project, over the past two years,
was focused on tree seeds. Through this investigation and his
growing familiarity with the site, Francis was inspired to choose
an idea that could elicit a general sense of growth and
contemplation from the viewer. The vertical form of the bench
relates to trees in both their mature and infant stages of life.
The domed bottom of the sculpture suggests balance. These formal
choices combined with the seating function, and the site location,
all contribute to create a potential non-verbal awareness of trees
and a general experience of life cycles.
The sculpture is completely cast in bronze with a two inch solid
stainless steel pole embedded in concrete.