The installation “Building Nature” is located on the east façade of the old Barnett Bank building on the southwest corner of Laura and Adams. Four images of trees from the region are placed in five alcoves of the ground floor windows of the building. These huge windows were boarded up with black plywood for protection providing a surface for application of the artwork.
The purpose of “Building Nature” is to reveal the hidden qualities of the building and to improve the street experience for all who pass. The window openings are used as a canvas to display our region’s natural beauty. Trees are symbolic of strength, protection, longevity, and order, the same characteristics of buildings that we embrace. We wanted people to see the buildings differently, with respect and appreciation, and feel the presence of both nature and the grand architecture while being in the space.
The four images are:
Oak and Pines – Ocala National Forest
Spring at McCullough’s Creek – near Palatka, FL
Spring Tapestry – Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Oaks in Fog – Big Talbot Island State Park