What is a Steel Art Tree?

A NatureMaker Steel Art Tree is a synthesis of art and engineering.

Steel, for the structurally sound framework and Art for the individually hand sculpted, hand-painted and expertly appointed specimen tree. Each tree is “87 percent botanically accurate.” The remaining percentage represents equal portions of passion, skill and the love of nature that defines each original arboreal sculpture.

How do I determine what type of tree I want?

Contact us, and we’ll consult with you.

The specific type of tree is determined by the general design of the space and the ambiance desired.  A tree’s configuration is a function of ceiling height, desired canopy coverage and tree location (freestanding, column-wrapped or wall-mounted). Careful consideration is also given to the degree of public interaction.

Are the materials used to create a NatureMaker Steel Art Tree fire rated?

All materials used for our trees – including the foliage – are fire retardant and conform to the maximum ASTM E 84 flame/smoke rating.

How safe is a NatureMaker Steel Art Tree?

NatureMaker’s state-of-the-art engineering assures that each tree, regardless of size, exceeds applicable building and seismic codes.

Are the trees ADA compliant?

All trees that are installed in public spaces are ADA compliant.

How should a tree be cleaned?

Surface dust on the silk-like foliage should be monitored regularly so no surface build-up occurs. Dust, removed by compressed air should drop onto canvas or a plastic tarp placed around the bottom of the tree.

How should a tree be maintained?

NatureMaker provides a touch up paint kit in the unlikely instance that the bark texture gets chipped. A cleaning product is also available for the foliage and should be periodically applied once the surface dust has been removed.

How much does a Steel Art Tree cost?

As with any custom handcrafted sculpture, fixed pricing is impractical. A detailed proposal of the design, engineering, fabrication, shipping and installation is based upon the complexity of each request.

What about the weight?

Weight is a factor depending on type of tree requested and location in the building. Again, NatureMaker accommodates for all the appropriate engineering prior to custom fabrication.

How are the trees shipped?

Once the fabrication is complete in NatureMaker’s studio each tree is dismantled. Each component is then labeled, numbered, color-coded, and wrapped. The component parts are packaged and shipped according to schedule.

How are the trees installed?

Installation too, is an art. The NatureMaker team arrives at the project site to set up the structural tree components. The appropriate machinery and equipment lifts the heavier components in place. The telescoping connections and sections of trunk, limbs and branches are then reassembled according to labeling instructions. The final detailing is made to match adjacent areas of the trunk, limbs, branches and foliage.

Watch the following video to see Nature Maker Production Manager, Rick Hunt, secure one of the 56 pieces that made up the bottom portion of the Banyan tree exhibit at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples:

Does the tree have to come through the roof?

No. Since the tree is shipped in telescopically interlocking components, it is not necessary to bring the tree through the roof. Nor is it necessary for entire walls to remain un-constructed prior to installation.

Are the materials used harmful to the environment?

NatureMaker’s trees are produced using 75 percent recycled steel and other renewable materials. Both the odorless and non toxic composite bark and the water-based paint contain no VOCs.