5 months of Documenting Jonathan Shapiro as he worked on his piece for the Fairmont Hotel, Pittsburgh. From early stage tree trunk to installation.
Jonathan - "Given to Nurture, standing 15' tall, was designed specifically for the lobby of the Fairmont, Pittsburgh. It will be an organic landmark inside this signature property. The primary material for the piece is a large sycamore very common on our Pittsburgh streets. The city tree was being removed at the right time and it has now been re purposed. Given to Nurture is a piece that both stimulates and provides comfort to the viewer. It's a natural beacon that draws people in to interact with it. Its curves reflect the gentle bends of the three rivers that have been lifeblood to Pittsburgh and will continue to be vital to the city's future. The sculpture also represents the natural resources wood, steel, and human that nurtured Pittsburgh's initial growth as a center of heavy industry; taken care of properly, these resources will once again help Pittsburgh flourish as the city continues to reinvent itself. I have textured the sculpture with gouge marks, like brush strokes in a painting. These marks seem to capture the passage of time. Given to Nurture emits both a warm echo of home to travelers and a familiar comfort to Pittsburghers. This warmth will be felt in the space, as well as throughout the city."