These are some in-progress pictures of a sculpture I have been developing. The man is a gardener/maintenance person with a leafblower backpack. He is engaged in a standoff with a tree. The man is loaded with all the equipment he could ever need, and the tree looms before him.
The tree’s roots will create the structure of the ground underneath the leafblower man. As he stands there, all he sees is the above ground part of the tree, but the whole environment is actually defined by the tree and its roots. This way the tree both looms in front of him and is also hidden below him – as if it could tear open the ground he stands upon and swallow him in an instant. The ground plane also serves as a division between the known world, the conscious, and the subterranean world, the unconscious.
Stuff i still need to do includes surfacing the ground and developing the roots into a more massive tangle. Also the guy needs work…his equipment and gear is still under development.