Artist HannahJoy Pheasant is bringing a new tree to the Homestead National Monument of America.
But this tree doesn't have traditional leaves or bark. Instead, it will be a sculpture made out of old tools and pieces of farm machinery, like gears, tractor seats, pitchfork tines, shovels, chisels and rakes.
Pheasant is the current artist-in-residence at Homestead, which is located about four miles west of Beatrice, Neb. This is the fifth year of the artist program.
In it, artists partner with the national monument during their residency period, which can last from two weeks to three months.
Pheasant, of West Lafayette, Ind., is the third of six artists who were selected this year.
“We are excited to welcome such talented artists to live and work with us this year,” Homestead's superintendent, Mark Engler, said in a release.
The 2013 theme is “Year of the Homesteader.” Pheasant will incorporate the theme into her tree by welding symbols with traditional farm tools to represent elements of the homesteading story.
Pheasant is accepting pieces of farm machinery and old tools less than 4 feet long until Tuesday. The parts do not need to be in working condition.
From noon to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the public can watch Pheasant work on the piece. She will present a program explaining her love of art and the tree's symbolism on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.
“The visitor's involvement is what will make this sculpted tree embody its goals of commemorating and connecting the past and the present at Homestead,” Pheasant said in a release.
The tree will be completed by Aug. 19.