Artist Garth Edwards produced a series of
individualized tree guards for the newly widened streetscape of Dunlap
Avenue. The tree guards, which both
protect the street’s new elms and serve as a sculptural gateway into the
Sunnyslope village core, feature larger-than-life metal profiles of human
figures. The figures face the street as
sentinels welcoming people into the Sunnyslope village core. According to the artist, some of the figures
represent typical and not-so-typical residents of Sunnyslope. Others are more fictionalized creations that
can represent anything viewers want them to be.
The project includes 100 tree guards, 40
of which have figurative attachments.
All are made from welded steel and painted with a matte-black finish.