"Tree of Seasons"

Submitted by City of Richland

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Client: Richland Farmers Market Foundation/City of Richland

Location: Richland, WA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $106,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Pam Bykonen

City of Richland

Artist

CJ Rench

CJR Designstudio

Public Art Agent

Kerwin Jensen

City of Richland

Public Art Agent

Ann Roseberry

City of Richland

Client

Alan & Tracy Horner

Richland Farmers Market (RPBI)

Overview

The artwork is a mild & stainless steel tree, 18 feet tall with glass inlaid leaves. The tree is constructed with three levels of “branches” that rotate independently via wind power. The sculpture is surrounded by a steel ring which has been laser cut and lit from within to promote an area known as The Parkway.

Goals

The sculpture was paid in part by a City of Richland grant in support of local businesses and in part by the Farmers Market foundation. The artwork had to incorporate something iconic that would draw visitors to the business center but contain a natural element as a nod to the local farmers.

Process

CJ Rench of CJR Designstudio (Hood River, OR) was the artist, designer and fabricator. He worked diligently with the founders of the Richland Farmers Market to create an awesome yet peaceful sculpture to be the center jewel of the weekly farmers market.

Additional Information

This was entirely a group effort between the Richland Farmers Market foundation (RPBI), the City of Richland (funds and labor) and the artist, CJ Rench. CJ is a Richland native so giving a piece of himself back to his community meant a lot to him. "Tree of Seasons" has become a city icon and destination point for residents and visitors alike.