Where Time Stands Still; bead and wire tree sculpture with bench
Since I started making wire trees, I've wanted to make one with a bench. No particular reason other than the thought of it made my artistic heart happy.
As stated, there's no personal reason for this one but there's a strong sense of a story behind it. Maybe a lost love, or nostalgia for a special place shared, or a memory of happiness tinged with a sense of longing for how a thing used to be. Whatever it is, it's the place where time stands still as all those memories, thoughts and feelings fills you with a sense of peace. Or maybe it's your imagination filling it in as mine has done and you wonder how many people have sat there over the years and what their stories might have been.
The bench was painted (by me) using acrylic paint to give it an aged moss effect and then coated with matte varnish. It sits underneath the tree which isn't based on any particular kind of tree, but went with a windswept style so it arches over the bench. Made with green seed bead leaves with two tone beaded pink flowers growing over it, and twysted together with gunmetal and supa champagne copper wire over a thicker copper wire core.
The bench and tree are fixed to a rectangular slate base with geomfix which has been textured and painted with acrylic paint to give a grassy effect, and finally the whole surface has been coated with matte varnish.
Sits at 26 cms / 10 inches in height (including base)
Where Time Stands Still
Size: Height 26cms x Width 29.5cms / 10 x 11.6 inches (including base)
Slate base measures 29.5cms x 21 cms / 11.6 inches x 8.26 inches
Materials: Tree: glass seed beads, gunmetal and supa champagne coloured tarnish resistant copper wire, copper wire (core)
Base: geomfix, acrylic paint, matte varnish, slate with protective felt pads
Bench: Foamex pvc foam, acrylic paint, matte varnish
Care instructions: For ornamental use only. Copper wire is soft and can be bent easily - branches can be adjusted but bending back and forth repeatedly can cause the wire to weaken and it may snap.
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