Thu, May. 31, 2012, 3:01 AM
Virginia A. Smith
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120 ... _tree.html
...Esherick died in 1970 at 82, and the tree, struck by lightning decades ago, somehow hung on till 2010, when it was taken down for safety reasons. "I still miss it. It literally filled the window," says Paul Eisenhauer, curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum, at the artist's studio/house.
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Curator Paul Eisenhauer on the spiral staircase designed by Esherick, who was known as the "godfather of the studio furniture movement."
Now, like Esherick himself, a cultlike figure known as "Thoreau in wood" and the "godfather of the studio furniture movement," the tree - more than 80 feet tall and a century old - lives on in a substantial way. Chunks of it were distributed to 45 artists, most from the Philadelphia area, who made 75 tables and chairs, shelves, stools, platters, plates and bowls from it. They'll be on display, and for sale, at the Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs through June 10....