"Wake" is an art installation of brightly colored cut logs by Michael McGillis
photo: michael mcgillis

“Wake” by Michael McGillis is a 95-foot long pathway enclosed on both sides by brightly-painted cut logs; it’s on display at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota. Although the installation is apparently a commentary on humanity’s disruption of nature, for us (barbarians!) it’s an idea for embellishing the logs we hauled home after Hurricane Sandy, or still have our eye on out in the park…or a way to sparkle up part of a stash of fire wood.

"Wake" is an art installation of brightly colored cut logs by Michael McGillis
photo: michael mcgillis

We poked around McGillis’ site a bit and found this image, of scraggly dead branches wrapped in brightly colored tape. It made us want to haul some thin sculptural branches we’d been pondering in the park today, and paint ’em.

photo: michael mcgillis
photo: michael mcgillis

And look what happens to ordinary willow switches when their painted orange:

photo: michael mcgillis
photo: michael mcgillis

via Laughing Squid; photos courtesy Michael McGillis

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One thought on “brightly-painted logs and branches

  1. willows, reminds me of the red osier dogwood branches, especially the mass planting near the Eric Carle Children’s Book Museum at Hampshire College in South Amherst, MA. In the winter, sans leaves, they are, well, red. Ho ho.

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