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SDIA employee’s Urban Tree is complete

UT model 2

It’s finished!mary

Here is an update on the Urban Tree created by Airport Authority employee Rachel M., as promised in my last post, A star among us: Urban Tree artist.

UT model 1Check out these photos of the 3-D scale model Rachel built as her winning submission.  The full-scale tree has just been completed and was installed yesterday off Harbor Drive near the foot of Grape Street on the Embarcadero at the shore of San Diego Bay.  Many people pass this spot on their way to or from the airport.

The tree is constructed out of steel, redwood, Plexiglas and a natural tree branch.  It stands 14 feet tall and four feet wide.  It is titled “Office Arbor.”  Here is Rachel’s own description of her piece:

Those who work and live in city centers are themselves Urban Trees. We spend time in restaurants, hotels, shopping centers, apartments, office buildings and high-rise condos. This work reminds all urban inhabitants that if we don’t slow down and step out of these glass boxes, our whole lives may be spent only looking through windows.

Stay tuned for pictures of the tree in its new “urban” setting on Harbor Drive!


4 Responses

  1. Congratulations Rachel! I’m proud of you.

  2. Thanks Naty! I’m pretty proud of myself – it was a lot of work! Thanks to all at the Airport Authority who have expressed interest in the project.

  3. Rachel I see your tree every morning when I drive into work…Great Job…now I can say I know one of the Artists! You make us all at SDIA proud!

  4. Can’t wait to see your tree up close. Every time I see it ,I will be reminded to slow down and “smell the roses.”

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