“Tree of Life” by John Mark Luke

Tree of Life is located near the northeast corner of 8th Street and Main Street outside of Divine Treasures.

Artist: John Mark Luke
Dimensions: 102”H x 48”W x 36”D
Materials: Repurposed Laminated Osb/Plywood, Reclaimed Rebar and Square Metal Tubing
Price: $5,500

Repurposed laminated osb/plywood abstract shaped figures finished with marine epoxy and exterior clear coat connected to an abstract framework of welded, reclaimed rebar and one inch square metal tubing.

“I am drawn to juxtapositions in life. There is a harmony found in the light-dark, smooth-rough, and the sweet-salty. The one gives life to the other. It all starts in the studio. Inspiration is found throughout the process of work.

As far as materials go, I love to use salvaged, recycled, and reclaimed materials as much as possible. Industrial materials strictly manufactured to do a job, never to be appreciated for it’s inherent beauty. I especially love to use common steel rebar rod. It’s manufactured to be covered in concrete, so vital to the world’s physical infrastructure yet such a satisfying material
to shape into prominent features of art.

Both “Mantis” and “Tree of Life” are abstract sculptures from my latest body of work finished in 2022 and are made entirely of salvaged, reclaimed materials. My approach in making work is to create what I want to see in the world. In these times it seems our society is flooded with information and opinions that constantly insist that you think this way or that way, buy this thing or that thing, you must choose us or them – crazy! The hope is, my work doesn’t “talk at” the viewer but invites conversation.” John Mark Luke

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