the stone tree of Los Angeles
the steel tree in Central Park.

"I've processed the idea of a tree and created a system for its form. I take this organic majestic being and break it down into components and rules."
-Roxy Paine

the trees are made of stone.
the trees are made of steel.

1. Jud Fine, Los Angeles
2. Roxy Paine, Bluff 2002, Central Park

Jud Fine took his cue for the station artwork from the Greene & Greene-designed Oaklawn Waiting Station, built in 1906 on Fair Oaks Avenue. For the station project, Fine created an 18-foot tall copper-bound “Stone Tree” with bluntly cut limbs that rise staunchly amidst a backdrop of heavy wood beams and arroyo stones. Referencing the mythical tree of life, it stands as a formidable icon to the Craftsman Style of architecture known throughout the area, and represents the movement’s joining together of natural elements and human design. text taken from here....

Roxy Paine uses both mechanical means and the innate logic of natural forms to create his "Dendroid" tree-like sculptures. Paine's meticulous research and observation of a variety of tree species help him to understand the "language" of how a tree grows, and from there he creates fictional tree species that grow to a logic of their own.