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Micah Lexier

The Forest and the Trees


The Forest and The Trees is a massive abstract tapestry evocative of both natural and digital worlds – reminiscent of circuit boards, prairie fields, or forests and lakes viewed from above. The source imagery is a series of simple cross-stitch patterns, which have been transformed through cropping, duplication and rotation. The seemingly random numbers dispersed throughout are also from these source diagrams and refer to the suggested cross-stitch thread colors.

The Forest and The Trees, made up of 1,225 hand-finished, low relief, metal tiles, is a complex puzzle composed of only 269 unique tile patterns. Some designs are utilized only once, while others appear multiple times to create the artwork’s intricate world.

On the surface of each tile are polished bronze lines that are particularly responsive to light. Depending on the weather, the time of day and one’s proximity, the artwork takes on a variety of constantly shifting metallic hues.

The sculpture is precise – utilizing the grid, repetition and an innovative combination of technologies – but also very nuanced, in that each tile has been labored over and touched by numerous hands and processes. Resonating with its origins in stitchery, The Forest and The Trees is a modern-day quilt, powerfully scaled to its physical setting.


Micah Lexier

The Trees


The Trees is a composition of abstract shapes created in response to the scale and play of light and shadow in Brookfield Place’s dynamic James K. Gray Galleria.

When seen from afar, the artwork appears as a minimal graphic drawing, but as one approaches, intricate textures and repeating patterns are revealed.

Within each hand-finished, square metal tile is a complex three-dimensional surface that transforms with the environmental ebbs and flows of the day.