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Photo: Maple Seed

Maple Seed

Nathan Johansen
Materials: Bronze
North Mankato Port Authority
Selling Price: $4,100

Artist Statement:

Every year maple trees, common in Utah, produce thousands of winged seeds that develop until they are ripe and ready to fly away from the mother tree in a “whirly-bird” fashion. These seeds seek space somewhere in the earth to grow, to propagate the maple tree. Maple Seed is a sculptural expression of these seeds. The green patina suggests the promise of new life, while the brown earthy tone represents a return back to earth.

Photo: Nathan Johansen

About Nathan Johansen

Nathan Johansen’s deep sensitivity to the natural world is embodied in his depictions of the cycles of plants and seeds and their relationship to mankind.

Nathan graduated with a BA in Fine Art and has worked in the art casting field for over 30 years.