July 30, 2023

Art Style: Installations

The Spring Tree

In 2013 The Spring Tree was installed in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in the world-renowned Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The magnificent forty-foot tall tree was the centerpiece and focal fixture of the Botanical Gardens and featured a grand archway that cut through the center of the tree, allowing visitors to cross through to the other side of the garden, as well as a platform from where different musical guests could perform. The tree was fashioned with a steel structure and sculpted foam spray hard coat, and the original concept design was based on several varieties of banyan trees with added fantastical elements to give the tree an ethereal, other-worldly quality. The tree was also designed to be disassembled and reassembled with interchangeable leaves that reflect the different seasons of the year. After the original concept was completed, the final concept design was rendered in 3-D in AutoCAD and Rhino, and over the course of the next two months that followed, steel fabricators, wood workers, sculptors, and scenic paint finishers worked collaboratively to bring the tree to life.