“Mockingbird/Orange Tree” by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors’ Guild is installed at The Groves Whittier in California.
The 18-ft Stainless Steel stylized tree sculpture features a half dozen gold-leaf oranges and a single mockingbird.
We are thrilled that this installation was able to be completed during less than ideal circumstances due to CoVid19. Our team worked well alongside Brookfield SoCal to install the sculpture. It was important to get it placed so that The Groves can complete their land and hardscaping and complete this beautiful new community. Thanks for everyone’s great effort! We hope the piece becomes an iconic centerpiece for the neighborhood and can’t wait to see it finished.
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03/20/2020: Adding the final touch (of gold) to the cast bronze oranges, finished with stainless steel "leaves" prior to packing up for California. Yes, the installation of on Mockingbird/Orange Tree by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors' Guild is still on amid all the recent CoVid related events. We are taking every precaution possible to install and return safely.
Look for installation photos next week!
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We promise all these pieces will create a tree...
"Yes we fit that whole 18’ tree form in a 12’ x 6’ trailer." - Michael Warrick
03/10/2020: Casting the bronze oranges in oil sand molds and finishing the stainless steel leaves...
Also working on the little details like fitting the plates for the main trunk, pacify the stainless welds, attach the devices for the oranges in the limbs and finish the oranges. Mockingbird/Orange Tree by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors' Guild.
02/02/2020: Moving along on Mockingbird/Orange Tree by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors' Guild at a good pace...
-The welded trunk and limb number 1with extra orange branch and to the right limb #2Limb
-#2 with extra branch for orange
-Limb #7 with orange branch which attaches to the upper section of the trunk
-Welded trunk midsection. The temporarily attached aluminum plates are to absorb heat and reduce warp on the 1/2” thick joining plates
-ring sections ready for install on limbs
01/10/2020: Fabrication update on Mockingbird/Orange Tree by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors' Guild.
-To the left, a photo from the top of of one of my tool boxes. In the foreground is the cast bronze and gold leafed Mockingbird that was finished over holiday break. Also, there is a 14” scaled model that is 3-D printed version of the Orange/Mockingbird Tree for my daily reference and to help curious folks see what I am building. In the background is a partial view of the 45K sq. ft. facility that I have a space in south of Little Rock.
-Below are a few images of pallets of parts for the tree project. The second photo has a wooden template for the base plate of the sculpture. This will be mailed to the concrete contractor that will do the footing for the tree project at the appropriate time.
-A photo of setting up the triple concentric rings that become the spheres that go on the tree form.
-Next, a photo of the lower and upper tree trunk forms bolted together. You can see one of the sphere’s near the trunk and one in progress on my work table.
12/20/2019: We have the official go ahead on Mockingbird/Orange Tree by Michael Warrick and the National Sculptors' Guild. We're excited to see this sculpture placed at The Groves in Whittier, California this spring. It's a fast tracked project so keep an eye open for updates.
The Mockingbird Tree celebrates the tree as a natural resource. To tie into citrus grove history of the site, the limbs' seven spheres will contain six cast bronze oranges and one Mockingbird finished in 23-karat gold leaf. The surface of the stainless steel will have a brushed finish. Measuring 18’ x 12’ x 7’, the stainless steel tree form holds a strong, universally appealing visual presence.
• Composed from contemporary materials that are consistent with permanent public art
• Thoughtfully integrates the sculpture into the environment of "The Groves"
• Creates a playful image that engages the public imagination
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.