Ben Roth, artist of the acclaimed beetle-killed lodgepole pine installation Singing Trees 2010 in Ford Park, returned to Vail in June to create another temporary environmental art installation. Using six felled diseased spruce trees effected by pine needle scale and spruce beetle, the artist along with Sam Macke and Timo Macke, constructed the interactive installation capturing the raw beauty of nature. 
"Installation art allows for more experimentation than permanent public art. The materials don't have to last forever, so there are more mediums to explore. It also allows the community to take more chances with subject matter because the work isn't permanent," explains Roth about his temporary installations. “I'm always thinking about the life cycle of my sculpture materials and gravitate toward those materials that leave a small carbon footprint and do no harm."
“Symmetree engages the viewer with its curious sense of design and space. First impression is the incredible vision the artist had in creating the balance of space with each element. It is after careful observation, it becomes obvious that it is meant to be an interactive and ultimately contemplative space with the unique bench design,” remarks Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator.
"Working with non-traditional materials challenges the creative process and opens up peoples minds to the question of ‘what is art?” remarks Roth.
A native of Colorado, Roth currently resides in Jackson, WY. His wire elk mount sculpture Wapiti is in the town’s permanent public art collection may be seen in the Lionshead Welcome Center.
View the installation Symmetree this summer on West Meadow Drive east of the Vail Public Library.

Contact Molly Eppard, AIPP Coordinator for more information at meppard@vailgov.com or 970.479.2344. Visit www.artinvail.com for more information. Tours are subject to cancellation.

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Molly Eppard, meppard@vailgov.com, 970-479-2344
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