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“Pine Man” – 2006

Whenever we suggest to the boys that we hop in the car and look at fall foliage, they roll their eyes and run for their rooms.  Perhaps they’d be open to visiting trees of a different kind…

“Smoke Jumper” – 2007

Joseph Wheelwright’s transformed trees are a sight to see and fortunately for us, his exhibit at our local Katonah Museum of Art has been extended through Spring 2013 given its popularity.  Five looming figures ranging from 17 to 27 feet tall look as if they grew out of the ground to keep the spruces company.

“Oracle” – 2008

“Yellow Birch” – 2009

With their expressive faces and lanky limbs, we can tell the boys that these larger-than-life sculptures are desendents of the Ent Treebeard, the oldest creature in Middle-Earth…


and a long lost family member of our own Pine Man, the tree with the face that resides upstate on their grandparents’ property.  But maybe we’re barking up the wrong tree?

“Family Tree” – 2009

Happy weekend, all!

Photos via The New York Times, Joseph Wheelwright, and Flickr

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  • Reply pve October 5, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I hope that your boys know just how lucky they are….hope your apples do not fall far from your trees.
    Looks like fun, I love the Katonah Museum of ARt.

  • Reply theenchantedhome October 5, 2012 at 7:57 am

    OMG this is absolutely amazing!!!! I feel like I want to jump in the car with my family to go see this. I am going to look it up….thanks for a wonderful and super interesing idea!! Just incredible what they have done.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Reply quintessence October 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Very cool! I might have to make a trip myself to see!! Wishing you a beautiful fall weekend!

  • Reply designchic October 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

    How fun is this and wow, what works of art! Happy weekend, ladies –

  • Reply Barbara@HausDesign October 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    So cool! Kind of eerie, but also very cool and I can see why that would be so appealing to boys! 🙂

  • Reply KATHYSUE October 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Wow! These are amazing and a bit scary!!! Can you imagine having one in your yard, especially on Halloween!?
    Happy weekend,

  • Reply Stacey October 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Wow! These are out of this world cool! Thanks fpr sharing such creativity! Happy weekend to you! XX

  • Reply stitchfork October 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    What a creative way to branch out from the norm?!

  • Reply StyleLinx October 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    It’s like an enchanted forest!!!

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita October 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    These are so neat! I’m sure the boys were captivated! (In my case, I am grateful that my 15 year old will still gladly tag along on most of our little ventures. Not always, but enough to keep mom happy.)

  • Reply Haus and Home October 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Those are incredible. People’s artistic abilities always amaze me!

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