I love to be in the deep forest, and my studio has a couple of shelves that are packed with bits and pieces of nature that I could not resist bringing home.  They await the touch of inspiration to be incorporated into some kind of artistic creation. Graham Larkin worked for sculptor Edward Tufte as an intellectual assistant at Stanford, and he must have felt the same way as I do. He found beauty in a small twig, and brought it as a small gift to Edward. It inspired this soaring, graceful sculpture:

Larkin’s Twig

Simple, graceful beauty inspired by nature.  And I love the sculptor’s thought process. In his words, “For years, Larkin’s twig sat in an honored place in our library and then in our kitchen. Why not make the twig 32 times bigger?”

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