Save the tree concept: Artist’s Statement
Wofford College project of providing an opportunity for local artists to make
their own artistic statement from the campus’s disgarded trees was an exciting
and challenging one.
concept started with a tree before it is cut down and through a process I call
transvisualization I conceptually move the tree from its original location to a
new location on the Wofford campus.
the assistance of Tom Rocks in the facilities department we searched the entire
Wofford property for a tree that fit my needs and one that was marked to be cut
found a Mimosa tree hidden by other vegetation , not an award winning oak or
maple but a simple tree, probably having its origin as an unplanned volunteer. A
tree that would fall into the category of
weed and would have been chopped down long ago had it sprouted up in a more
cultivated landscape. But this tree had balls and a presence that almost
swaggered in the breeze. A common tree with an uncommon presence.
am giving this simple tree its five minutes of fame by making it the ”Monument
to the Mimosa”.
monument consists of three branches taken from the Mimosa and reconstructed in
the exact angle, height from ground, and position it possessed when it was alive
and part of the tree now cut down. I photographed the original tree and located
a transparency of this photograph an appropriate distance from the Monument so
that one can see the original tree line up with the monument providing a
have brought this “Monument To The Mimosa” to the Converse campus, again
extending its original location, utilizing the concept of Transvisualization
Mayo Mac Boggs, Sculptor
FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION PROCESS