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TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WEST CAMPUS
FANTASY TREE SCULPTURES - PROGRESS PHOTOS
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The sculpture consists of 3 groups of colorful painted aluminum fantasy trees, the largest of which is 10 feet tall.  
The sculpture was fabricated and installed by Ad Display Sign Systems of Katy, TX     
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See photos of the process below as well as a few installed photos of Group 3.  
For more installation day photos click here.      For photos of completed work click here

Group 3 of the Fantasy Tree Sculptures
Group 3 was installed on October 5th - view from hospital
Group 3 looking toward hospital Group 3 - detail of bases Group 3 - side view
Group 3 - looking toward  hospital Group 3 - detail at bases Group 3 - end view  - play area at left
Group 3 detail View from Hospital Group 1 & 2 sculpture locations View from hospital of group 1 sculpture location
Group 3
detail
View from hospital
Group 2 & 3 (red arrows left to right)
View from hospital
Group 1 approximate sculpture location
Waterjet cutting in progress Detail of cut aluminum tree Cut aluminum tree elements
Waterjet cutting an aluminum tree Detail of cut aluminum tree First cut aluminum trees
forms for conrete footing top for group 1 Forms for concrete footing tops - Groups 2 & 3 Footing reinforcing cages ready on the truck
Form for concrete footing tops for group 1 Forms for footing tops for groups 2 & 3 Footing reinforcing cages ready on the truck
Painting room at Ad Display Discussing the installation Ad Display crew with Jessica McBride
The painting room at Ad Display Jonathan, Luey and Gary of Ad Display
discussing the installation
The Ad Display crew with Jessica McBride of American Art Resources at the site

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progress photos below of footing installation and metal tree elements
 are by Ad Display
dated installation  photos above 
 are by Ad Display
Drilling holes for sculpture footings Drilling holes for concrete footings Drilling at Group 3
Drilling the holes for the concrete footing and base for the Group 2 tree sculptures  Drilling for the Group 2 tree footings - note the positioning template on the right The drill in action for the Group 3 trees - bringing out the dirt
Foundation hole - note wider top Leveling form for footing top Reinforcing rods in Group 1 footings
Hole for the footings of Group 2 - note the wider top for the sculpture base Leveling the forms for the concrete base at the top of the footings for Group 2  Reinforcing rods in the footings of the
Group 1 trees - ready for the concrete pour
Finishing concrete top of Group 1 footing Finishing concrete top to Group3 footings Comptlete Group 2 concrete footings
Finishing the concrete for the bases of the Group 1 trees Finishing the concrete for the bases of the Group 3 trees The completed concrete footings and bases for the Group 2 trees
Trees with reinforcing plates welded to trunk Base plate with stiffener plates welded in place All the trees are now cut
Aluminum trees with reinforcing plates welded to trunk Base plate with stiffening plates welded in place All the aluminum trees have now been cut with the waterjet
Trees assembled Welding on the base plate Tree assembled
Trees welded to base plates Welding on the base plate at Ad Design 8 foot tall tree welded to base
Prep for painting Paint priming is in process First color is complete
Preping for the painting Priming in the paint room The painting begins
Group 1 Group 2 revised Group 3 - revised
Group 1 - view from hospital Group 2 - view from hospital Group 3 - view from hospital
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site plan
Partial site plan - Sculpture location study
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For more installation day photos click here.    For photos of completed work click here.
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Please contact me with your comments and questions by email at peter@petermichel.com or mail at the address below.
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 1997/2010 by Peter W. Michel                Posted  9-07-10   updated  4-25-13
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com