The wood sculpture is eleven-and-a-half feet tall by four feet wide and weighs approximately 1,400 pounds. It was created by Rockford-Illinois based artist Salem Barker.
Bell’s President and Founder Larry Bell commissioned the piece that was made from part of an 80-year-old American Elm that grew at his home in Kalamazoo.
“Unfortunately, the tree had to be taken down. But this gives it new life and will inspire many more to come,” said Bell.
It is intended to be viewed from all angles and Barker was given free rein to create what he wanted. Bell’s only requirement was that Barker create “art.”
A film crew has also been following Barker throughout the process and interviewed Bell for a documentary that will focus on the artist and his creative process.
Free public tours of Bell’s Comstock Brewery are offered on the first Saturday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Museum hours are also offered from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY, INC.
Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 200 people over an 19 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.