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series: Tree Safari: A Sculptural Journey

air date: 8/15/13 1:00 AM

From the African bush to the bright lights of a top Chicago gallery show, TREE SAFARI: A SCULPTURAL JOURNEY reveals one artist's deepening appreciation of exotic woods. In search of material for his work, world-class sculptor Brad Sells travels to Africa, where he meets botanists, Boer farmers, scientists and Zulu shamans and learns about the medicinal power of trees. Harvesting a dying Pink Ivory tree in South Africa, Sells begins to shape his first sculpture - the first of many pieces that will eventually appear at the Sculptural Objects and Functional Arts (SOFA) exposition in Chicago. This is the first installment of the Tree Safari series. The second, Tree: Safari: The Koa Connection, followed Sells to the volcanic slopes of Hawaii in his quest for the exotic koa wood, revered for its density, luster, tone and color.

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