The Shiny Seed at Grand Rapids ArtPrize

pnctreeIf you’ve been at Maker Works during the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed anything from large, aluminum-wrapped branches, to shiny stainless steel leaves, to glass and copper “fruit” glowing bright with colorful LED lights scattered throughout the shop.

These are all pieces of an eighteen-foot-tall tree made by The Shiny Seed, a collaborative led by Maker Works staff member Kc Dixon and member Gene Foulk. The project has also been made possible by the work of many volunteers.

The various pieces of the tree were created at Maker Works, using tools like the PCB engraver, the ShopBot CNC router, the Bridgeport mill, soldering irons, metal lathes, and the laser cutter. The team then worked together to assemble all the pieces and make the tree come to life.

The tree is on display at the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition from September 21 – October 9.

Stop by ArtPrize to see the tree at the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Avenue, just outside the PNC Plaza, then cast your vote for your favorite exhibits!

To see more photos and updates of the project, click here to checkout The Shiny Seed Facebook page.