We were tasked to find a way to upcycle something preexisting to be art or something useful for our first project in this class. I have a passion for indoor houseplants and wanted to make something that would fit this theme. Originally I thought of making a trellis for my plants but that wasn’t quite enough. I once tried to keep a bonsai tree but killed it within two or three weeks from under-misting. At the onset of the bonsai fiasco I was worried that I was too irresponsible to handle the little tree. I figured this project would be the perfect opportunity to rectify the situation by creating a tree that would be impossible to kill. I settled on making a bonsai tree out of bike chain. I was inspired to make this out of chain after seeing the following Instagram post by @chainbreakerwelding.
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🌳 the finished bonsai tree sculpture! The other trees I've made out of bike chain seem so flat now. That third dimension really does bring it to life! Many neglected house plants have died in the pot that serves as the base for this sculpture. Fortunately I'll never need to water this one! The tree is held into the pot by a spoke that goes through the drain holes to a hidden bracket located under the sculpture. I'll do a later post on that, it's a nifty little contraption. I'll probably have this piece listed on my website later on today. Though I may have this one for local pickup only. It may be a bit awkward to ship. Though if you would really like for me to ship this piece, I'm sure I can make arrangements.
My plan varies from theirs as I plan to spiral the chain around itself and tack weld each individual link in order to keep the shape of the tree rather than running all of the chains in the same direction as they do. I have already acquired my chain and cleaned it and have plans to weld it up tomorrow.
prototype off tree base