In collaboration with Khachatoyuran Studio, this unique concept was envisaged and constructed digitally.
Historically, apricot and citrus orchards have been important to this region with plantings of this vegetation dating back over 150 years. In addition to representing the established botanic tendencies of the region facilitated by human cultivation, the apricot tree brings shelter, seasonal beauty with its remarkable and sudden blossoms, followed by a delicious seasonal fruit which brings nutrition and pleasure to those who consume it. It is an appropriate symbol for the locality which was formerly agricultural in focus, but which eventually blossomed by becoming a bastion of technology and culture, with fruitage that overflowed into surrounding communities while enriching the world over with its unique and impactful heritage and resulting discoveries and innovations owing to their regional association.
The goal of the proposed sculpture involves a provoked interaction with those approaching the area to encourage and stimulate a whimsical reflection of life presented in a larger-than-life sculpture of apricot trees in bloom which quickly distracts the viewer with a familiar shape in an unfamiliar scale and material, preparing the mind to question reality as it is presented. The stainless steel sculpture of an apricot tree in bloom will captivate passersby with reflections and refractions of light interplaying with the textured stainless steel and bronze elements. Daytime guests enjoy reflections unique to the moment of day and cloud formations as ambient sun rays and sky interchange with reflections of the surrounding environment. At night artificial light creates a definitive connection with the sculpture in a way that mystifies and provides visitors with a universal impact as one may, for a moment, lose touch with the realities associated with the ground they are standing on as the experience transforms into a contemplative brush with a metaphoric a galaxy enshrouded in light and reflection sheltered by a terrestrial model. Astute individuals will identify the shape of the tree with the shape of a galaxy as they are transported through an emblematic perspective of the milky way. As they are gently bathed in light, their perspective can move away from the surroundings and into an ascendant universal perspective as a galaxy within a galaxy perpetuates the contemplative value of our lives. It is our hope that this experience touches hearts as those who interact with the installation realize that life is a miracle, and that our role in life in the moment can be more effectively viewed from the broader perspective of the universe which we all live, function, and contribute to in our respective way as individuals. Provoking this contemplative perspective is likely to enhance and encourage the noble goal of building and contributing toward the supreme harmony of our environment (organically, emotionally, and spiritually) on an individual basis. This is the quintessence of nature; where ostensible chaos brings peace in an aesthetic deliverable envied by all, available to all, yet enjoyed only by those who avail themselves to this transcendent perspective.
The inspiration of the stainless steel structure harkens to polished metallic aircraft of old; the exterior skins crafted from riveted aluminum provided a functional surface to cover over mechanical components while resisting wind and producing lift just as bark provides protection to a tree covering the organic mechanics within. The light installation will give visitors a taste of the sensation Amelia Earhart often enjoyed while she was suspended in flight, surrounded by stars, and enveloped by the beauty of the night sky. Trees are not known to emit light, however the wizardly installation of intentional lighting components will bring wonderment to many just as Kelly Johnson hid his magnificent creations beneath the skin of a circus tent until they were all at once unveiled. We know of no comparable sculpture of this magnitude, function, and materiality, and we hope that the experience provided by it will inspire and direct attention to the deep heritage of talent and achievement represented by this locale. The subterranean lighting will glow and direct, the overhead lighting will point and encompass those within the experience, creating star-like points on and around those passing by and through. Undoubtedly there will be many who intend to traverse a simple pedestrian pathway who stop in awe of the constellation before them and around them as they process the immersive experience. As the lighting slowly evolves and moves just as the universe is in constant motion, reflections from the polished stainless steel surfaces present endless possibilities for reflection and deception as shapes shift and light moves within the surface of the polished stainless-steel bark texture. Kinetic flowers respond to light, individually aware of the ambient light conditions. The experience, framed by the stainless steel trees oriented to the shape of the milky way galaxy, in our opinion, achieves the curatorial considerations in an unexpectedly stellar manner, providing a timeless installation where the experience changes in response to the environment and programming from one minute to the next. No two visits will be repeated exactly, every visit designated to be enjoyed.