This piece, another of our signature trees, is installed in the Chavez Court on the Chabot campus. Because of the amount of space that we were trying to fill, we designed the piece in 4 large sections, each comprised of 16, 12" x 12" tiles.
Here's what Natalie had to say about this piece:
"The Chavez Tree was inspired by sliding thumb puzzles (those little plastic square puzzles from the 80′s where you slide the little squares to unscramble the image) giving the eyes a game to play moving from color to color and section to section. When carving this one section at a time I was immersed in roots then trunks, branches then leaves. Each section had a different quality from the next. The roots are at eye level; the rest tower above in their architectural niche."
This short, time-lapse video shows us installing the Chavez Court tree.