Relaxing on my terrace, with Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," playing in the background,
I thought about the magnificent old tree that is the object of this story. The
music reminded me that many giant trees are lost to the fury of violent storms,
some destroyed by fiery lightning strikes. The 2006 demise of the majestic old Indian
Laurel tree on the Ajijic plaza was not the dramatic result of a summer storm; it
was instead destroyed from within—riddled with insidious insects.
Rather than leveling and destroying the enormous trunk of the town landmark, the
town's "mayor," Delegado Ricardo Gonzales, approached Ajijic sculptor Estele Hidalgo
to donate her time to sculpt a public work of art for the plaza. Hidalgo accepted
the opportunity with only one stipulation: no restrictions were to be placed on
For six months Hidalgo daily visited the tree to observe the way the light and shadows
moved across the massive dead trunk. "I'm always imagining my pieces," Hidalgo said.
"I put them in my mind. As I worked on the idea for the tree, I knew it should represent
Ajijic's environment, namely our lake and local flora and fauna." She has fulfilled
that dream in this creation, The Lake Chapala fish, cattails, flowers and other
vegetation that add beauty to our lives are easily recognizable.
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