wood & copper nails, 7' x 3' x 1'
This piece was created by searching out this Y from a fallen cherry tree. Starting at a chosen point on each limb, copper roofing nails were driven in. Each nail touched another in a continuous spiral up the limb untill they converged at the crotch and continued on to the top of the trunk. The small copper circles form this almost fish scale surface covering the wood. Then the piece was placed in a large fire for 15 minutes to char the rest of the exposed surface.
To me, copper has come to feel like a feminine energy, while wood is more in the realm of the masculine. I think of the round-headed copper roofing nails as individual prayers or meditations with their female healing presence. In this sculpture one prayer leads to the next protecting the upper portion of the piece.