The Listening Tree.

The Listening Tree.

And now, back to an art-posting!

I don’t really think that calling this sculpture “lost” or “hidden” is really apt…but I’ll still include it in my occasional series on public artwork.

The Listening Tree was only added to Ottawa’s public art collection this year. It’s a simple concept, but really nicely executed, and frankly it makes me happy every time I walk by it. Which is good because, it’s kind of in my neighborhood.

The artists – a duo who go by the moniker Mixed Metaphors – have crafted a sculpture that is fairly imposing in person. I like the impressive size of it. After all, if you’re creating a stylized tree, I think it just makes sense to make it “tree-sized.”  Otherwise, it’s going to look cheap and rinky-dink.

Fashioned from a series of stainless steel tubes, the sculpture has an aural element – it’s designed to allow wind to pass through, causing a low whistle. It’s lovely.

Nice to see, nice to hear. Thumbs up to the City for installing this so prominently along Elgin Street.

The Listening Tree.

The Listening Tree.

The Listening Tree.

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