Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rufus pecanosaurus

When I first saw these tall red things at Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona,
I didn't know what they were.
Alien figures...exposed roots...giant blood vessels?
Later, I learned the full title of this playful life-sized 1988 piece:
Inverted Pecans in Ceremonial Red (Rufus pecanosaurus)
Stripped of their bark, five pecan trees
are painted red and installed upside down.

More information from Smithsonian Art Museum Research Information System (SIRIS).

12 comments:

Icy BC said...

That is just awesome, Diane! I love the color and the structure of these pecan trees..

Sunny said...

That certainly is quite unique! Very cool.
Sunny :)

Pam said...

Isn't it amazing what people will think of doing with the most unlikely things... Only the true mind of an artist would have conceived this marvelous idea for recycling trees :D

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Weird but beautiful :)

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Loree said...

Oh wow I would never have thought that they were trees painted red. They looked like aliens on stilts or something.

Julie said...

This is so odd, isn't it? It is something you will not see anywhere else, that's for sure (at least I woudn't think so, anyway).

Thanks for showing these weird, alien-like sculptures!

Kevin said...

Who would have thought of this!

I'm not sure if I like them or not but they are interesting.

betchai said...

wow, awesome structures Diane!!! very interesting.

Prospero said...

Diane, that's quite interesting. I would never have guessed upside down pecan trees!

Lynda Lehmann said...

WOW, I've never seen anything like that! Thanks for explaining, so we won't feel we've been invaded!

Dee said...

I remember reading about these shortly after I moved to Tucson almost 15 years ago. They were one of my first excursions to the local parks. I love how you captured them! Great Job!

Evelyn Howard said...

Rather captivating in red, especially with the green trees behind. Thanks for sharing :)