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'Tree of Life' springs at Ridgefield High School

On a chilly November day, rods of steel arose from the ground at Ridgefield High School.

When completed, the metal will resemble grass blowing in the wind, and if the sculpture’s designer has his desire fulfilled, it will bring life to the outdoors of the high school.

On Nov. 16, Battle Ground-based artist Curtis Pittman began the installation of the “Tree of Life,” his latest public artwork. The sculpture is part of a statewide program, which aims to install public art at construction projects that use state funds.

Although the poles are currently a steely gray, they will begin to rust in the rain due to the surface’s treatment, Pittman said. This is ideal as it will form a sort of patina on the surface while also turning the piece orange.

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