Bronze Olive Trees

Submitted by Pierre Riche

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Client

Location: San Jose, CA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $43,000

Project Team

Artist

Pierre Riche

Pierre Riche Art

Industry Resource

Sean Monaghan

Santa Cruz Bronze Works

Overview

Two 10 foot tall by 8 foot wide olive trees. Cast bronze and fabricated bronze branches, leaves and olives. Painted. The trunks and thick branches leading up each tree were cast in bronze. I then welded the sections together and added silicon bronze bars shaped and bent into flowing branches. There are over 900 leaves. The leaves were plasma cut, ground, pressed twice, shaped, welded and painted.

Goals

To have the trees fit in over the wall fountain and to have enough leaves to make sure the trees looked full.

Process

The client gave an indication of what they wanted. I then gathered pictures and drew a drawing of the proposed sculptures.