Harmony Tree

Submitted by Ride Art Studio

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Client: City of Morgan Hill

Location: Morgan Hill, CA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team

Artist

Jonathan Russell

Ride Art Studio

Overview

Harmony Tree celebrates the orchards that the city was built on. It is an abstract tree that stands 20 feet high and made of stainless steel and copper. Ohlone native American harvesting baskets catch the wind and illuminate at night with changing colors. Within each basket are individually rotating icons (the “fruit”) that represent the accomplishments of the city over the years.

Goals

The goal was to create a gateway sculpture for the City of Morgan Hill. One that welcomes residents and visitors alike. One that celebrates and pays homage to the city's culture and accomplishments.

Process

We sent out a questionnaire for residents to express there interest in this project. based on this feedback and Working closely with the city's Planning Department and Historical Society, we determined the narrative and visual references for this sculpture.

Additional Information

The City Manager exclaimed, "Harmony Tree" is the crown jewel of our public art collection!"