A panel of non-committee affiliated distinguished jurors will be selected by the Enchanted Arboretum committee to select the 21 winning maquettes. Each selected artist will receive a stipend to assist with costs associated to producing the final piece. Artists will also receive 40% of the final auction price of their full-size tree.
The photos below are of the half size model carved by Icon Poly from standard styrofoam. The material that the final trees will be cast in has a very smooth surface (unlike the styrofoam) and will come pre-primed. The material is easy to work with (sanding, drilling, adhesion), has little to no odor, is healthier to work with than fiberglass, and is incredibly strong.