Tree of Knowledge

Tom Otterness

Tom Otterness is one of America’s premier public artists. Otterness describes Tree of Knowledge as a “biblical/judicial mix of story and image.” In this sculpture, the serpent of knowledge entwines a bronze tree. The serpent eyes an owl judge, while blind justice weighs two small human figures. A possum engrossed in a law book hangs upside-down, oblivious to the drama surrounding him.