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Posted on: October 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] BG Citizens Reminded to Remove Decorations from Oak Grove Cemetery

The Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department will be holding a dedication and reception in City Park on Tuesday, October 24, at 6 pm at the site of the new sculpture, Metamorphosis 92. The sculpture was designed, created, and donated by local artist Gail Christofferson and is located across from the pool in the newly refurbished horseshoe pit area.

A Bur Oak tree, set for removal, was reclaimed and used for a new sculpture in City Park by nationally acclaimed local mosaic artist Gail Christofferson. Ms. Christofferson and her team approached the City about a desire to create and install a new sculpture in City Park prior to the Arborist’s determination of the tree being removed. Their plan provided an opportunity to re-use the oak tree in creating a dome-like structure and a seating area in the center of the dome.  A mosaic incorporated into the design creates a new and unique place to take a moment to relax and reflect while visiting City Park.  

Christofferson’s team member, Craig Hamilton, owner of Modified Originals, was instrumental in designing and creating the structure. Hamilton’s background in architectural design and fabrication brought the structure to life. The heavy bur oak branches were sawed into wishbone shapes of similar size and arranged so that the pieces interacted together to form a sturdy and stable yet still organic structure. Heavy-duty threaded rod-through bolts were employed to lock the branches together. For anchoring to the ground, the branches were drilled, filled with epoxy, and dropped down onto 3/4” rebar spikes, precast into 3’ deep concrete sonotube footings. 1/2”

Christofferson then created an organic star-burst mosaic design using scrap glass onto the Lexan panels that were cut to fit the curved profile of the branches. The panels were then coated with UV-resistant resin.   These panels were suspended inside the structure using 1/8” stainless steel aircraft cable and weather-resistant crimps.

Christofferson says, “My long-time relationship with the BG Parks and Recreation Department was a key factor in this collaboration. The Parks Department was instrumental in removing the tree in a manner that allowed us to create the structure and providing the on-site infrastructure. This project allowed myself and my team to create a new and unique piece of art for the park and for our portfolio to garner future sculpture projects.”

Christofferson also has a mosaic installation at the Community Center and a sculpture at Simpson Garden Park. 

Immediately after the dedication, a reception will be held in the Veterans Building with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artist. The monthly Parks and Recreation Board Meeting will be held at the Veterans Building after the reception beginning at 7 pm.

For questions or more information, call 419-354-6223.

This project is partially funded by an Arts Commission Accelerator Grant made possible through support from ProMedica, the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other generous supporters.

This project is also partially funded in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Contact the Communications Office at with questions about credit materials or to request a quote from the OAC.

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