Monday, July 26, 2004

Arborsculpture trees from your wildest dreams!!

The Circus Trees were originally grown and created by Axel Erlandson, son of a Swedish immigrant. Inspired by observing a natural graft between two sycamore trees, Erlandson began to shape trees using intricate techniques. His techniques resulted in woven wonders made from living wood. The branches were carefully bent rather than cut and became complex and compound designs.This botanical adventure began in Hilmar, CA in the 1920s. Erlandson planted the "Four Legged Giant," surprising his family when he brought the four trees together into one. In 1946, Erlandson moved his family and his trees to Scotts Valley, CA. A year later he opened "The Tree Circus" for locals and tourists to experience the wonder of the "World's Strangest Trees." By 1957 Erlandson had created more than 70 Circus Trees. Ripley's Believe It Or Not featured the trees in the 40s and 50s. In 1957 a Life magazine article gave the trees notoriety. After Erlandson's death in 1964, the trees became part of a Scotts Valley attraction know as "The Lost World." In 1977 the property was sold with only 40 trees surviving.A local Santa Cruz architect, Mark Primack, led a valient effort to save the trees, even risking arrest for trespassing in order to water and feed the trees. Keeping as many alive as he could, Primack's efforts finally took root when they attracted the attention of tree lover Michael Bonfante. In 1985, Bonfante rescued the surviving 29 Circus Trees and gave them a home in Gilroy, CA.There are 25 Circus Trees still alive today.

The basket tree                 Chain link tree

Figure 8 with face             Emblem

Revolving door

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At 2:04 PM, Anonymous said...

Let me see now, if we all just grew what we wanted then we would not have to waist all those years of tree growth and all that sawdust. Heck they could even stay alive. That does it I'm going hang up my saw and start planting !

At 3:51 AM, Becky said...

Hi, you may be interested in our site. as we grow trees into all sorts of things. Chairs,tables,hat stands mirror fames,men trees and other art pieces. We have be showing 8 our pieces at the world expo in Japan 2005.

At 5:20 PM, becky said...

oh..our web address is
(sorry :)


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