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Norman Deesing | Joshua at Sunset | Fired stoneware clay, glaze, and paint | Size: H 21 x W12 x D 12

This unusual tree-sized yucca plant was given the name Joshua tree by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Bible story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer. Ranchers and miners who were contemporary with the LDS immigrants also took advantage of the Joshua tree, using the trunks and branches as fencing and for fuel for ore-processing steam engines. This tree is primarily found in Mojave Desert the between 400-1,800 m (2,000-6,000 feet). It thrives in the open grasslands of Queen Valley and Lost Horse Valley in Joshua Tree National Park. My sculpture represents the tree at sunset, having the changing desert evening colors and the reflection of stars on the sand.



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