The Essence of Joy sculpture, a metal Tree sculpture on a large beautiful specimen from Minas Gerais in Brazil of Quartz Crystals with inclusions of elongated pistachio green Epidote Crystals within its natural matrix. Stones added to the piece are golden Pyrite cubes, Blue Kyanite, Amethyst, and Tourmalated Quartz. The blend of color of the sculpture is mainly copper with black. Overall size of sculpture is 8 h x 10 w x 7d inches, the black oval wood base adds approx 1" in height.
The title, Essence of Joy, is about the legend/lore of Epidote in Quartz. It is a reminder that ones life dreams and inspirations may take time and patience, and along the way, take the moment to see the beauty that surrounds you and in yourself. There are always bumps in the road of life and instead of focusing on imperfections, see the glass half full and enhance those positive traits you have, in turn, this will often bring more of the same into your life. The other minerals added are simply to add a bit more protection from unwanted energies and enjoy the balance of serenity in your life. Reach for your dreams in a joyous way.
This piece was originally created in 2018 and has been revised by adding Pyrite. Will just say, it made a huge difference in how this piece presents itself. Yes, artists can make mistakes too.
The Loveland High Plains Arts Council in Loveland, Colorado is an amazing organization, managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by hundreds of extraordinary community volunteers and contributes a great deal to many in the community. It is a private non-profit organization, established in 1984 for the purpose of promoting sculptural arts for the cultural and economic benefit of the entire community. The proceeds generated from the annual Sculpture in the Park show go towards the purchase of sculptures for Benson Sculpture Garden as well as towards the funding of park capital improvements and landscaping.
This extraordinary collection of art is situated around a lagoon in the midst of trees, flowers, and natural habitat areas. With the Rocky Mountains as a majestic backdrop, Benson Sculpture Garden has been described as "one of the most unique sculpture gardens in the nation". It has also been recognized as “one of the 200 most important modern and contemporary art sites around the world" and as "one of the 20 must-see contemporary art sites across the USA". It is open to the public throughout the year and annually this "public treasure" draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.