Movin’ on up: Muddy Boots tree being relocated

Rick Gilles helps local artist Jim Conner to dissassemble the Muddy Boots palm tree, June, 20. The tree, which Conner originally erected at the site in September 2011, is being relocated to the new cafe location at Salt Creek Plaza, Conner said. Ben Kibbey
Rick Gilles helps local artist Jim Conner to disassemble the Muddy Boots palm tree, June, 20. The tree, which Conner originally erected at the site in September 2011, is being relocated to the new cafe location at Salt Creek Plaza, Conner said.

The palm tree that has stood outside the former Muddy Boots building on Van Buren Street since 2011 is being relocated.

Local artist Jim Conner, who originally erected the tree in September 2011, expects to reconstruct the artwork at the new Muddy Boots location in Salt Creek Plaza.

The original artwork was something of a “guerrilla” installation, Conner said. He installed it overnight in 2011, and the sudden appearance caused a bit of stir in Nashville.

The tree, which is constructed primarily of rebar and metal sheeting, was bolted to an old stump that the Indiana Department of Transportation had declined to remove, Conner said. Looking at the stump, Conner decided that a tree sculpture was what made the most sense.

Conner didn’t plan the tree out before creating it, he said.

“Every art thing I do, it’s like I do it on a whim,” Conner said. “I get an idea, and I just start.”

“Somehow it just works,” he said.

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Ben Kibbey is a Brown County transplant from the cornfields of central Ohio. He covers county government, business, outdoors, sports and general news.