Wood Sculpture Gallery Three: Superior Spirits
Unique Edition
Medium: Yellow Birch
Dedication Date: April1998
Dimensions: 5’ 6" Tall
Installed on the seventh floor of the WHEDA offices in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sculptor Harry Whitehorse was commissioned by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to create a sculpture from a piece of virgin timber raised from the bottom of Lake Superior.
The yellow birch log was a seedling when the white man first sailed to this continent five hundred years ago. In the late 1800’s, this tree was one of millions cut down during the height of Wisconsin’s logging operations. While being floated to the processing mill in Ashland, Wisconsin, the log sank to the bottom of Lake Superior and was perfectly preserved by the lake’s cold waters and low oxygen content.
Divers with the Lake Superior Water-Logged Company recovered the log in the summer of 1997 so that renowned sculptor Harry Whitehorse of Madison, Wisconsin could create a special sculpture.
Besides its historical value, what makes this log so exceptional is the fact that it is a slow growth tree with up to sixty yearly growth rings per inch, compared to today’s trees at four rings per inch. The yellow birch log has a very fine grain that Harry was able to bring forth in the sculpture.
Harry created a historical masterpiece in wood. The sculpture, titled "Superior Spirits", features the animals, birds, plants, and people who have historically inhabited the Great Lakes region. Harry feels a great responsibility to the memory of and the descendants of those Natives who still depend upon the forests to provide a home for them. "Superior Spirits" is installed on the seventh floor of the WHEDA offices in Madison, Wisconsin.
 

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