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Magic Color Tree - Sculpture Walk 2012-13

Sculpture Details

Magic Color TreeSculpture Title: "Magic Color Tree"

Artist: Robert Bruce

Location: Prairie Center, East River

Amount: $2,500

Medium: Aluminum/Resin

Dimensions: 30h x 12w x 3d

Sculpture Walk Season: 2012-13

Robert Bruce - Interview

Robert BruceRobert Bruce, the sculptor of “Magic Color Tree,” says the influences behind his pieces are a combination of real-life and fantasy. “The influences for my sculpting comes from dreams or an event that I feel is important,” he says.

“Magic Color Tree” stands over two feet high and is made primarily of aluminum, with a little wood and translucent color. The sculpture is evidence of his dream-based inspiration as it exudes whimsy, imagination and bold colors. “My inspiration usually comes from a natural shape or group of shapes in composition,” he says.

What does Robert hope people get from the sculpture? “I would like viewers of my work to say to themselves, how did he do that?” he says. “That is why I use some methods that I have developed myself. I want people to take 30 seconds and say, Hey! Look at how the sun goes through that color. I would also like the images people walk away with to be introspective, and possibly remind them of a good part in their life.”

Robert’s art career spans over 50 years, and he is no stranger to South Dakota. Even though he has lived all over the country, he considers the 40 years he spent in South Dakota to be his truly formative years.