Willow Tree Nativity – The Christmas Story Gentle Animals Of The Stable
Colour(s): Stone appearance
Measurement(s): Tallest 14 cm
Artist: Susan Lordi
Susan Lordi sculpted these three animals to specifically fit the larger-scale and presence of The Christmas Story and Sanctuary.
“I wanted these animals to have a calming, yet very stoic, elegant presence — by their gestures, their stance, the turn of their heads. I experimented with color and texture to give them a softness. I was interested in transforming a hard surface by carving and carving into it until it looked wooly or furry, or in the case of the donkey, had the clothlike surface of a blanket.” (Susan Lordi)
Willow Tree® is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings and individually painted by hand. The expression is revealed through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan’s hope that these pieces be meaningful to both the giver and receiver.