After the Fire, 1982


600 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. CA 94306, The artwork is located in Mitchell Park in the grassy area adjacent to the picnic area near the Magical Bridge Playground entrance.

After the Fire, 1982 by Bruce Johnson

About the Artwork

Artist Bruce Johnson sees art and nature as parallel forces seeking equilibrium. Johnson crafted After the Fire by burning and burnishing a salvaged redwood root sourced from the north coast of California. Taking a cue from the natural shapes of the redwood stump that forms After the Fire, the abstract sculpture is playful and inviting – full of natural and artist-created details and textures.

About the Artist

Bruce Johnson is an internationally renowned sculptor with large scale artworks in Italy, Spain and Taiwan as well as in many private and public collections in the US. Having grown up around forests in Oregon and California, Johnson is an artist and craftsman who uses a chain saw and other tools to create sculptures, or “small acts of preservation” as he calls them, from salvaged old-growth redwood stumps abandoned by loggers decades ago. Johnson’s work is often inspired by the natural environment, his travels to Japan, Guatemala’s Mayan archaeology, and Zen Buddhism.


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