TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
Victor Cicansky 2018
University of Regina
Material: EPS, Masonry, Scenic Paint,
Today, most people live virtual lives playing with their technological toys and have lost their connection to planet earth. Scooping up handfuls of garden soil or walking barefoot in garden, allows your skin to breathe and absorb vitamins and minerals from the soil. They do not understand that we are part of nature and that our bodies are made up of the same elements, minerals and energy that make up this planet. Life comes from the Soil.
“The source of my work is the garden of the mind. It’s a place that goes beyond soil, plants and insects. It’s a rough and wild place where ideas grow and hybridize. It’s a garden that provides me with a rich source of ideas that I fashion into a universe of personal expression.” – Victor Cicansky, 1998
Portions from an Original Publication on cicansky.ca and victorcicansky.blogspot.com
Victors original work of art, The Tree of Knowledge was created from ceramic, standing 44.5 inches tall. Carvel was asked to re-create the iconic artwork at 8’ tall while maintaining its look and feel. After scanning, digital touch up and scaling, The Tree of Knowledge was milled from a spray applied masonry material, given a steel interior armature and painted to match the originals vibrant and impactful color. Throughout the design, fabrication and installation process, a commitment to achieve an authentic reproduction by our team of artists led this work to a truly successful conclusion.