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A different sort of tree

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"Yield" Tree Sculpture 8700

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Outside the upper entrance to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, is a sculpture by Roxy Paine entitled “Yield,” which yields a nice contrast with the real trees beyond it, some of which were changing colors on November 9th.

If you’d like to read an entertaining account of another Texas blogger’s recent visit to Crystal Bridges, I encourage you to check out A Museum Bridges the Gaps.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 2, 2013 at 6:05 AM

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  1. Nature at its best.


    December 2, 2013 at 6:36 AM

  2. Well, I did go over to visit the very interesting blog post on the museum, but I could not click a like to show that I did indeed visit and that I liked it.


    December 2, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    • Thanks for checking it out. Yes, she has her display of “likes” turned off, but you’re welcome to leave her a comment if you’re so inclined.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    • Elisa – if you click a “like”, I see it. It’s just not posted on the page. In any event, I’m very glad that you liked it!


      December 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

  3. what a cool photo Steve

  4. love it !


    December 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

  5. Jolie ce contraste discret entre le naturel et cette sculpture.


    December 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

  6. Marvelous piece, well photographed. I’ve been told enough times now that I should visit Crystal Bridges that I’m really eager to get there. Hope it won’t be *too* long before Richard and I can manage the trip!


    December 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    • The day was largely overcast and I don’t like to aim into gray-white skies, so I had my doubts about photographing this piece, but I liked this image well enough.

      Given that you’re about 4 hours north of us, the trip to Bentonville will be a pretty easy drive for you. The museum is worth the trip in its own right, but if you can combine it with spring wildflowers or fall foliage (as we did), so much the better.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

  7. So nice of you to link to my piece, Steve. And it’s amazing how different the tree appears here. Of course, the day I was there it had completely clouded over and grown drizzly by the time I photographed it, so I went with the black and white.

    I’d really like to see it in full wintertime, complete with snow. I’m just not sure I want to go through what would be required to pull that off. An ice storm would be interesting, too…


    December 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    • It’s such a good piece to link to, Linda, it seems only appropriate when I’ve been showing scenes from the same place. Your comment makes it clear that you had worse weather than I did, and as I mentioned in the previous comment, I struggled with the overcast when I photographed this sculpture (though the softer light worked fine with the straightforward nature pictures). I walked completely around the “tree” and took pictures from lots of angles; this one suited me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

  8. omg. it’s metal.


    December 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

  9. Superb placement for this work of art. Thanks for the link too – I’ve bookmarked it for a careful read later.


    December 3, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    • If placement isn’t everything, it’s most of everything.
      Happy reading when you have time to follow the link.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2013 at 7:37 AM

  10. That is a very beautiful tree! I love sculpture art! Very nice contrast between the human element and nature. Looks like just the right amount of sky too!

    Michael Glover

    December 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    • It was the contrast between the tree sculpture and the real trees that got me, too. The mostly gray sky was a problem, but fortunately I managed to cover a lot of it with the tall pine trees in the background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

  11. A fascinating sculpture.


    December 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

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