Berthold Boone

Readymade

Portage Park Dog Park

2020

I have always remembered a convincing argument made by someone who had said that artists were like cats.  Here I was an artist making a sculpture in a dog park. Although I like trees, I often look at them and imagine what potential form lies beyond the surface. 

The dimensions of this tree were ideal for my project but this was a type of tree I had never encountered before.  As I carved back and forth through the growth rings of this Ohio Buckeye, I noticed an amazing amount of color.  Swirls of caramels, dark brown streaks and blue grey blotches made this the most colorful tree that I have ever worked with.