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A tree is growing rapidly inside library

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By Carol A. Clark

Three distinguished artists are in the process of examining the nature of growth by creating a one-of-a-kind sculptural tree that’s growing daily in the upstairs art gallery in Mesa Public Library throughout the month of November.

 

The evolution of this unique project, titled “Growth,” can be seen by the public each day within regular library hours.

 

Michelle Cooke of Taos, longtime Los Alamos resident Fairley Barnes who now resides in Santa Fe and S.C. Thayer of White Rock have been collaborating on this creation for 13 months.

 

Individual works by these accomplished artists have been exhibited across the country for several years.

 

For their “Growth” project, the artists have turned the upstairs gallery into a working studio, planting the first root Nov. 1.

 

On Tuesday, the tree had grown to some 18-feet high and 12-feet wide. It will continue growing until reaching its full potential on Nov. 30.

 

“In the collaboration of this project, each of us responds to actions the other ones have taken,” Thayer said. “It’s this interaction as artists that mimics the tree’s growth on a creative level.”

 


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