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Bastrop Revisited

Jim Keller

2014    Size   H: 96 in  W: 30 in  D: 30 in  

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After completing "Bastrop 2011" I continued to be impacted by the devastation caused by the 2011 forest fire which burned 34,068 acres and destroyed 1645 homes. This was the most destructive forest fire in Texas history. I felt compelled to create a sculpture from a tree that was killed in the fire. I found out that GoGreen International had been contracted to clear the dead trees from private land. GoGreen had harvested over two million trees that had died as a result of the fire. GoGreen is processing the dead trees into compressed wood pellets to fuel electric power generating plants. GoGreen provided a log to use in my sculpture. The 20-inch tree trunk was split and carved to form the uplifting profile. The two elements were scorched representing the damage done by the fire. The eight foot height of the sculpture forces you to look up, reminiscent of walking through the fire damaged forest. This is the first of a series I am calling into the woods. Bastrop Revisited was juried into the Craft Texas 2014 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The jurors were Carol Sauvion, the visionary behind the PBS TV series, Craft in America, Piero Fenci, Ceramics Department Head, Stephen F. Austin State University and Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center. Keller was one of three recipients of The Award of Excellence.

Photo by Armando Rodriguez
Photo by Armando Rodriguez

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