This Sculpture Saturday features Tributary, a sculpture made of wood, natural sealer, and steel bracing by Eli Blasko. The sculpture is located at the wonderful North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC.
This work is displayed with a statement by the artist himself:
The sculpture’s form takes as inspiration the flowing lines found in nature, in particular the bodies of amphibians and the waterways they inhabit. My daily commute to Western Carolina University traces the Tuckasegee River and several of its tributaries. Rivers, their currents and the undulating surface of water have been heavy influences in my recent work. I often find myself reflecting on the connectivity of these water sources, their myriad interactions with the built world, and the way they act as metaphors for passing time and seasons. I also cannot help but consider how the roads I drive are much like asphalt rivers themselves, with a drastically different, yet just as influential, impact on the vitality of land and habitat.
This work can be yours for $12,000. Contact the North Carolina Arboretum if interested.
When I saw this sculpture it initially reminded me of a giant earthworm. The flowing lines of a stream or river stand out after reading the artist’s statement.