Conservation: Effigy Tree
Effigy Tree is a site-specific work that was commissioned by community members when lightning struck a full-grown hackberry tree on an effigy mound at what is now 2930 Lakeland Ave. in Madison. This sculpture became significantly damaged by decay in the last 16 years and the members of the community took measures to prevent the work from deteriorating beyond repair. On April 21, 2007 the City of Madison transported Effigy Tree to Whitehorse Gallery and Studio to begin conservation work. A neighborhood meeting was held on September 5, 2007 to discuss the best solution to the works future conservation. An ad-hoc community group formed to create a plan for the future of Effigy Tree.
If you are interested in seeing a slide show that documents this project click here Effigy Tree Project Photos (PDF).