Current Location:
Bike Factory -> 3rd Floor (BIK)
Location Notes:
BIK; 3rd fl., Open Office 350

Tree of Life

Artwork
Identifier:
2009.17.24
Artist:
Mirtha Balan
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Recycled Steel from Oil Drums
Date:
circa 2008
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 33 in Width: 32 in
Description:
Steel wall sculpture of the cut-out shape of a tree filled with leaves, flowers and birds. Trunk has roots at the bottom with a dotted patter all the way down.
Historical Context:
Mirtha Balan of Port-a-Prince, Haiti, is a metalsmith and sculptor who began her trade in 1988 after seeing her many brothers and sisters flourish doing the same. “You can break you fingers chiseling away the stone- it's a precise and careful art.”