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Arbre Echelle

Catagory: Public Art

Arbre Echelle by Francois Stahly (1911-2006) is located on Fulton between Tulare and Mariposa Mall

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A bronze sculpture with a narrow vertical form, its name roughly translates to “tree ladder.” Stahly was fascinated with forms and patterns in nature, and his work from the post war period has an organic appearance, as can be seen in Arbre Eschelle. While the sculptor was in California for a residency at Stanford University, Stahly visited Fresno and selected this particular site for the piece, seeking a shaded location with shrubs and trees to complement the sculpture.
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A prominent French artist, François Stahly was born in Germany and grew up in Switzerland, where he attended art school. He moved to France in 1931, where he studied under Arstide Maillol at the Academie Ranson. He established an international reputation, and spent time in the US teaching, working on commissions and lecturing at Harvard University, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Stahly would spend the rest of his career in France, exhibiting regularly in several salons in Paris, throughout Europe and in Tokyo. Stahly’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; and can be seen in public spaces worldwide. Major awards include the Milan Triennial and the Sao Paulo Biennale.

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