Of all the artwork I’ve done, a couple pieces have surprised me by their popularity. Horton’s tree from Seussical is one of those pieces. Here are a couple of progress shots of the tree during construction. It started out as several 2×4’s constructed into a ladder with a platform at the top. Then foam sheets were added to create the forms and basic structure. Paper mache was applied in layers to smooth out the forms and join the messy edges of the foam. The top of the tree was added by cutting leaves out of foam, gym mats. This gave the leaves a nice, springy effect: the whole top bounced and swayed while Horton moved during the performance. Lastly, the entire tree was painted…and the performance began! The kids did a fantastic job. I hope to be posting pictures from Cinderella soon.