Tree, Broken Tree

Tree, Broken Tree

Artist: Dylan Mortimer
Installed: August 2018 (part of Open Spaces KC)
Location: Swope Park (near Bandstand/Pavilion)

Description: Mortimer took a dead tree adorned it with metallic glitter, to lend it a vibrant intensity that can be read as the reassuring glow of a slowly dying ember, or a symbol of the persistence of life in the face of death and decay.

Missouri native Mortimer’s artwork merges questions of belief and revelation with a highly personal iconology combining biology, scripture, autobiography and art historical sources. His Open Spaces project began with selecting a tree within the KC Parks Department that died during the winter of 2017-18. Instead of its being hauled away for pulping or incineration, Mortimer adorned the tree with a coating of metallic glitter, lending it a vibrant intensity that can be read as the reassuring glow of a slowly dying ember, or a symbol of the persistence of life in the face of death and decay.

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