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Larry Fink

(Untitled), from the Seattle Arts Commission Photo Survey
gelatin silver print
8 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts, © 1980, Larry Fink

Poised at the point of falling, its trunk cut through by a lumberjack’s chainsaw, this majestic redwood embodies the balance between human effort and natural beauty. We may see this as an indictment of a society that turns living trees into lumber for patios and decks or as an acknowledgment of the forest’s ability to provide for the needs of man.