The sculpture has a steel trunk with a rust patina, similar to that of the Mighty Owl Oak. The roots of the tree form hands that reach down into the earth, honoring those who came before, and the top of trunk are hands reaching into the future of the community.
The tree’s 207 golden leaves were created from outlines of hands of Avondale citizens – young and old, from all walks of life, of all sizes and shapes. As are we all, each hand is unique.
Commission, City of Avondale, Avondale, Arizona. Steel, powder-coated steel, 168″ x 145″ x 146″, 2009